Smith discusses some similarities between the anti-political abolitionists and contemporary voluntaryists.
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 explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.
George H. Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
George H. Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.
George H. Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
Smith continues his discussion of the arguments in Can Abolitionists Vote or Take Office under the United States Constitution?
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Paine’s welfare proposals in Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office.
George H. Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.
Smith discusses the prevalence of violence against abolitionists during the 1830s, and how Wendell Phillips became an abolitionist.
The ideal of individual freedom is more than a will-o’-the-wisp. It was widely appreciated in the past and so may become widely appreciated in the future.
George H. Smith explains some of Thomas Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.
Smith discusses the split in the American Anti-Slavery Society over voting, equal rights for women, and other causes.
George H. Smith explains Edmund Burke’s argument against majority rule and a constitution based on the consent of the governed.
Smith discusses the controversy over whether the U.S. Constitution is pro-slavery, as illustrated in the opposing views of two leading abolitionists: Wendell Phillips and Lysander Spooner.
George H. Smith explains Thomas Paine’s constitutional theory and why Paine believed that Britain had no constitution.
Smith discusses the crucial role played by the inalienable right of self-ownership in the abolitionist crusade to abolish slavery.
How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.