Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers.
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.
Smith discusses some circumstances that led to the formation of the abolitionist Liberty Party in 1840.
George H. Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written and the influence of the Levellers on Locke.
Smith explains how George Fitzhugh defended slavery on the grounds that it provides an ideal system of socialism.
George H. Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property.
Smith explains how some Southerners defended chattel slavery by contrasting it favorably with “wage slavery” in the North.
George H. Smith explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.
George H. Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory.
How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
George H. Smith explains Locke’s ideas on how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and 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 discusses the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.
George Smith discusses Locke’s view of the original commons, before the institution of private property.
Smith explains why Garrison, an avowed pacifist, supported the North during the Civil War.
George Smith continues his discussion of how the theory of private property changed over the centuries.
Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
Smith contrasts the modern secular approach to private property with the traditional Christian theory.
There’s a long history of libertarian thought on the ethics and efficacy of voting.