Was Jean Meslier a communist? George H. Smith explores this tricky issue.
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 defends the pacifist Garrison from the charge of hypocrisy for supporting the Union during the Civil War.
George H. Smith critically examines the claim that Jean Meslier was a communist anarchist.
George H. Smith explains Jean Meslier’s three major objections to Christian morality, as taught by Jesus.
Smith discusses some of the very few abolitionists who defended the right of southern states to secede from the Union.
George H. Smith explains the role of the Catholic Church in the French government, and how Jean Meslier reconciled his atheism with his role as a priest.
George H. Smith explains some of the libertarian ideas of Jean Meslier, the notorious atheist-priest.
Smith examines Lincoln’s views on slavery and some of his many disagreements with abolitionists.
George H. Smith criticizes some features of Benedict Spinoza’s political theory, especially his theory of rights.
Smith discusses Spooner’s critique of taxation.
George H. Smith explains the fundamentals of Benedict Spinoza’s theory of rights and government.
Smith summarizes Spooner’s basic arguments for the unconstitutionality of slavery.
George H. Smith continues his discussion of Benedict Spinoza by explaining how he defended freedom of religion and speech.
George H. Smith explains why Benedict Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise became one of the most scandalous books ever published.
George H. Smith discusses Benedict Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.
George H. Smith explains Francis Bacon’s defense of certainty and his contributions to a secular worldview.
Smith discusses Spooner’s contention that the Constitution carries no moral authority but that it still can be understood as antislavery.
Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.