George H. Smith examines the common claim that the mere threat of physical force does not qualify as a type of coercion.
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 explores various ways in which ideas influence human action, and why ideas are essential to the success of libertarianism.
George H. Smith discusses the role of modern intellectuals in government.
George H. Smith continues his discussion of Thomas Paine’s theory of rights and government.
The physiocrats were French laissez-faire economists in the late 18th century who based their policies and writings on natural reason and science.
A notable early economist, Richard Cantillon is influential for his theories on the self-regulating market, entrepreneurship, and prices.
Freedom of thought includes the notion that religion and personal value systems should be unregulated, and that expressing all values must be permitted.
Praxeology, as popularized by Ludwig von Mises, is an interdisciplinary approach to social questions that abstracts and thus universally explains human action.
George H. Smith critically examines the claim that Jean Meslier was a communist anarchist.
Smith contrasts the modern secular approach to private property with the traditional Christian theory.
George Smith continues his discussion of how the theory of private property changed over the centuries.
George Smith discusses Locke’s view of the original commons, before the institution of private property.
In his first essay in a new series on John Locke, Smith explains some essential features of Locke’s case for private property.
Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers.
Was Kant somehow responsible for the rise of Nazism? Smith explores two points of view on this issue.
George Smith discusses whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for how other philosophers use his or her ideas.
George Smith explains the views of Kant and Hegel on the history of philosophy, and explores whether moral judgments should be applied to the realm of ideas.
George Smith discusses the issue of whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for the beliefs of those followers who agree with him.