Category Archives: Areopagitica

Privacy, Liberty, and the Search for Truth in Milton (Introduction)

                                                         he unobserved Home to his mother’s house private returned                                                          –Paradise Regain’d IV.638-9   A Note About This Blog: When I set out a bit over a year ago to write blog posts about Milton once a month or … Continue reading

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Panopticon Eden

In Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, there are these amazing round sandbar/reefs. They look like huge lily pads when you spot them from H3, high above. When I lived in paradise on the bay, I used to kayak out to these reefs in the middle, … Continue reading

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“Thir Song Was Partial”: Milton and Partisan Political Discourse

Thir Song was partial, but the harmony (What could it less when Spirits immortal sing?) Suspended Hell, and took with ravishment The thronging audience. With the end of semester rush, my musings have been more occasional than I intended. Granted, … Continue reading

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Would John Milton Defend Your Freedom to Print a Gun?

By now you’ve probably heard about Cody Wilson’s fully functional, 3-D-printer-produced handgun. Last weekend, Wilson successfully test fired the “Liberator,” and posted its design on his non-profit company’s website. A 25-year-old student at the University of Texas Austin, Wilson is fond of … Continue reading

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Milton, Star Wars, and the Ever-Evolving Blog

This week, along with many of my readers, I’m in the end-of-semester grading crush. As I grade each essay in this unending stack, I try to keep in mind this passage from Areopagitica: Books [or student essays] are as meats and … Continue reading

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