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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.

Free Thoughts

The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Jacob T. Levy on May 3, 2019

WARNING this episode contains spoilers to most, if not all, Marvel movies, please listen with caution. 

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 97: Resisting Leviathan, with Nicholas Mosvick

featuring Anthony Comegna and Nicholas Mosvick on Mar 12, 2019

Anthony interviews Nicholas Mosvick to discuss the issue of conscription during the Civil War and its’ lasting impact.

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 88: The Secession Conventions

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 8, 2019

The complicated time of secession was defined by politicians’ desire to grab power in any way that they could. 

columns

My Interview with Adam Smith

by George H. Smith on Nov 17, 2018

Smith interviews the spirit of Adam Smith, soliciting his opinion of David Hume and other matters.

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 74: The Greatest of Nullifiers

featuring Anthony Comegna and Caleb O. Brown on Oct 2, 2018

How did Justice Abram Smith of Wisconsin challenge the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850?

columns

Samuel Johnson and His Dictionary

by George H. Smith on Sep 28, 2018

This is the second part of Smith’s discussion of how Samuel Johnson made a living as a free-lance writer in 18th century London.

columns

Samuel Johnson: Hack Writer Extraordinaire

by George H. Smith on Sep 21, 2018

Part one of a lengthy article on Samuel Johnson, originally written in 2001, is a result of my interest in freelance, or market, intellectuals.