Smith continues his explanation of why so many abolitionists supported the compulsory prohibition of alcohol by linking them to the ideology of the Whig Party.
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 begins his explanation of why so many abolitionists joined the crusade for the legal prohibition of alcohol.
George H. Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises.
Smith concludes his discussion of the no-voting theory of Wendell Phillips by explaining Phillips’s attitude toward taxes and the limits of democracy.
George H. Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.
Smith discusses how William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips differed in their approaches to non-voting.
Peter T. Leeson joins us this week to discuss rational choice theory as it applies to self-governance. What happens in the absence of government?
George H. Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.
Smith discusses some similarities between the anti-political abolitionists and contemporary voluntaryists.
George H. Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.
George H. Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
George H. Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.
George H. Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
Smith continues his discussion of the arguments in Can Abolitionists Vote or Take Office under the United States Constitution?
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Paine’s welfare proposals in Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office.
George H. Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.
Smith discusses the prevalence of violence against abolitionists during the 1830s, and how Wendell Phillips became an abolitionist.