George H. Smith explains some tactics that early freethinkers used in the attempt to avoid punishment for blasphemy and other religious crimes.
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 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.
George H. Smith explains how some leading Christian theologians justified the death penalty for heretics and blasphemers.
Smith summarizes the arguments of delegates as to whether the slave trade should be prohibited in the Constitution.
George H. Smith explains the similarities between medieval heresy and our modern notion of treason against the state.
Smith explains some features of the slave trade and the constitutional provision that it would not be banned in America for at least 20 years.
Augustine argued that religious persecution was justified when done in the interest of the salvation of those persecuted.
Smith discusses some controversies over slavery during the framing of the Constitution, especially the three-fifths clause.
Smith discusses some major controversies provoked by the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Smith discusses some early justifications of slavery and how they repudiated natural rights.
Smith discusses Spooner’s secular theory of natural law and his belief that no legislation is valid unless it conforms to natural law.
With his 250th essay, Smith interrupts his series on abolitionism to offer some reflections on writing essays.
Smith details the scholarly debate between Lysander Spooner and Wendell Phillips over the constitutionality of slavery.
George H. Smith begins his series on the historical relationship between religious skepticism and libertarianism.
George H. Smith discusses what Bernard Mandeville meant in saying that private vices produce public benefits, and how Francis Hutcheson criticized that theory.
George H. Smith discusses Bernard Mandeville’s defense of legal prostitution and other vices.
George H. Smith explains why Mandeville’s ideas about vice made him one of the most notorious writers of his time.