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 government is responsible for many of the current controversies over religious freedom.
Smith interviews the spirit of Adam Smith, soliciting his opinion of David Hume and other matters.
“To some modern academics…a person intellectually committed to uncompromising liberty and justice is inconceivable.”
“The Age of Reason is perhaps the finest deistic piece ever penned.”
This audio course shows how classical liberalism developed in Europe and America in the nineteenth century.
The final module of the Cato University curriculum examines the rebirth of libertarian thought from the 1940s onward.
George H. Smith distinguishes “tolerating” religious difference from recognizing a genuine right to religious freedom.
Did Johnson betray his own principle that writers who accept a pension from the King are merely “state hirelings”?
This is the second part of Smith’s discussion of how Samuel Johnson made a living as a free-lance writer in 18th century London.
Part one of a lengthy article on Samuel Johnson, originally written in 2001, is a result of my interest in freelance, or market, intellectuals.
George H. Smith continues his discussion of Benedict Spinoza by explaining how he defended freedom of religion and speech.
George H. Smith discusses Benedict Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.
Smith discusses Spooner’s secular theory of natural law and his belief that no legislation is valid unless it conforms to natural law.