George H. Smith begins a series of essays on the Declaration of Independence by examining colonial reaction to its list of grievances.
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 explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?
George H. Smith continues his series on the Declaration of Independence by looking to the intellectual history behind its famous reference to unalienable rights.
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 examines two instances of curious wording in the Declaration of Independence.
Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.
George H. Smith explores America’s proud history of smuggling in the colonies—and the disastrous attempts by the British to put an end to it.
Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.
George H. Smith recounts the violent reaction to the Stamp Act, a tax on paper goods levied against the American colonies in 1765.
Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises.
George H. Smith turns his attention to events after the Boston riots. As violence spread throughout the colonies, America moved ever closer to revolution.
Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.
George H. Smith uses some of the crucial events that led to the American Revolution as background to explain the theory of resistance and revolution that emerged.
Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.
George H. Smith continues his look at the events leading up to the American Revolution by telling the story of the Boston Massacre.
The story of the American Revolution’s prelude continues with the emergence of Committees of Correspondence among the colonists.
Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.