You can think of negative liberty as being about the absence of external limits, and positive liberty as the absence of internal limits.
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.
Phil Magness breaks down Lysander Spooner’s radical activist lifestyle.
Smith interviews the spirit of Adam Smith, soliciting his opinion of David Hume and other matters.
Do you know your states’ constitution? Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton joins us to discuss state constitutions in contrast with the federal Constitution.
Phil Magness helps us unravel who George Fitzhugh was and how he is interpreted today.
Smith reviews Sandefur’s biography, Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man, published by the Cato Institute in 2018.
Calhoun’s vision of Americans conquering space seemed even more possible with Samuel Morse’s invention of the magnetic telegraph.
Did Johnson betray his own principle that writers who accept a pension from the King are merely “state hirelings”?
How did Justice Abram Smith of Wisconsin challenge the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850?
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.
Smith explains the thinking of James Birney when he liberated his slaves.
Smith discusses Birney’s eventual opposition to the American Colonization Society and why he embraced abolitionism instead.
Smith discusses the interesting case of James Birney, who freed his slaves and became a prominent abolitionist.
George Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.
George Smith explains some fundamental features of Immanuel Kant’s moral and political theory.
The Polk years began in a sort of uneasy truce between radicals and conservatives.
George Smith discusses some good and bad influences that Ayn Rand’s ideas had on his own intellectual development.