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.
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 how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.
George H. Smith discusses the mythological thinking that dominated Nazi ideology, as explained in Cassirer’s book The Myth of the State.
George H. Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property.
George H. Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written and the influence of the Levellers on Locke.
George H. Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory.
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 gives a brief summary of the history and political purposes behind state education.
George H. Smith shares with the audience his discovery of the writings of the 19th-century voluntaryists in England.
George H. Smith concludes the series with a look at Roy Childs’s evolving views on anarchism.
George H. Smith turns to what may be Roy Childs’s most recognized role in the libertarian movement: book reviewer.
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.
“The idea of value has different meanings as used in different intellectual disciplines, [and] a common meaning…does not exist.”
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he also draw directly from contemporary works?