George H. Smith concludes this series with more observations about James Mackintosh’s defense of natural rights.
George H. Smith
George H. Smith was formerly Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American History for Cato Summer Seminars, and Executive Editor of Knowledge Products. Smith's fourth and most recent book, The System of Liberty, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.
George H. Smith explains why Edmund Burke opposed abstract rights and why James Mackintosh defended them.
George H. Smith explains the defense of rights and other abstract political principles given by James Mackintosh, one of Burke’s most effective critics.
George H. Smith explains why Burke predicted that the French Revolution would end in systematic violence.
After criticizing Murray Rothbard’s interpretation of Edmund Burke’s first book, Smith summarizes Burke’s primary objections to rationalistic intellectuals.
Edmund Burke condemned the French Revolution as a “digest of anarchy.” What relevance does his critique have for the modern libertarian movement?
George H. Smith explores F. A. Hayek’s views on intellectuals, whom Hayek called professional secondhand dealers in ideas.
George H. Smith explains Rocker’s theory of why the ideas of classical liberalism were swamped by the rising tide of statism.
In Nationalism and Culture, a classic history of libertarian ideas, Rudolf Rocker uses the struggle of freedom against power as his theoretical framework.
George H. Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.
George H. Smith, drawing from Machiavelli’s The Prince, discusses two essential ingredients of successful states.
George H. Smith explains the meaning of “society” and “institution,” and he discusses the distinction between designed and undesigned institutions.
George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on sin taxes and slavery.
George H. Smith discusses Adam Smith’s social, political, and moral objections to governmental interference in the economy as found in the Wealth of Nations.
George H. Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
George H. Smith criticizes an influential book by Mark Francis, Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life.
George H. Smith discusses the complex personal relationships among three leading classical liberals in Victorian England.