George H. Smith explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.
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 discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory.
George H. Smith explains Locke’s ideas on how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.
Does the modern libertarian movement have any significant similarities to the early Christian movement? Smith explores this intriguing possibility.
George H. Smith discusses the traditional Christian theory of private property and how it was viewed as the result of original sin.
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 some tactics that early freethinkers used in the attempt to avoid punishment for blasphemy and other religious crimes.
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.
This talk by George H. Smith on property rights is the third in a series on the history of libertarian ideas.
This talk, “Liberty of Conscience,” is the second in a series by George H. Smith on the history of libertarian ideas.
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.
“The idea of value has different meanings as used in different intellectual disciplines, [and] a common meaning…does not exist.”