The Polk years began in a sort of uneasy truce between radicals and conservatives. For the moment, at least, before the war began in early 1846, everyone could more or less get along with business as usual.
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 Smith discusses some good and bad influences that Ayn Rand’s ideas had on his own intellectual development.
George Smith examines some of Rand’s claims about the beneficial influence of Aristotle’s ideas on the course of Western civilization.
Smith explains the crucial role of rights in political theory.
George Smith discusses the issue of whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for the beliefs of those followers who agree with him.
Smith discusses the common argument that natural rights will lead inevitably to anarchism.
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.
Smith continues his brief discussion of how to justify natural rights.
Smith interrupts his series on abolitionism to present a barebones defense of natural rights.
Was Kant somehow responsible for the rise of Nazism? Smith explores two points of view on this issue.
George H. Smith discusses the mythological thinking that dominated Nazi ideology, as explained in Cassirer’s book The Myth of the State.
George Smith discusses whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for how other philosophers use his or her ideas.
George H. Smith explores Rand’s contention that America was sliding down a slippery slope to fascism.
Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers.
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.