Smith summarizes Spooner’s basic arguments for the unconstitutionality of slavery.
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 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.
George H. Smith explains the political implications of the deistic repudiation of special revelation and miracles.
George H. Smith explains the controversial arguments of the deist John Toland, as defended in Christianity not Mysterious.
Smith explains why Spooner believed that defending the unconstitutionality of slavery was essential to abolitionism.
George H. Smith explains why Edward Gibbon rejected miraculous accounts in his masterpiece, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
George H. Smith explains the basic tenets of deism and why it posed a political threat.
Smith explores some features of Spooner’s philosophy of law, as found in The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.
George H. Smith explains the origins of deism and its basic ideas.
Smith discusses Spooner’s defense of the right to use violence in self-defense, even against agents of a government.
George H. Smith explains some tactics that early freethinkers used in the attempt to avoid punishment for blasphemy and other religious crimes.
Smith explains how Spooner reconciled his theory of nonvoting with his view that the Constitution is antislavery, and how he treated discussions of slavery during the Constitutional Convention.
George H. Smith explores Shaftesbury’s defense of ridicule and satire in matters of religion.