Michael Doane, Writer

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About a year and a half ago, my girlfriend and I took a two-week mini grand tour of western Europe. We started in London, from there made our way to Paris, and ended in Rome after a day trip that took us on a bus through the Italian countryside, to Naples, and to the Island of Capri by boat. Now that I’ve graduated from the University of Maryland, I reflect back on that trip, and how it shaped the rest …

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I’ll begin with a quote today: “The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.” –Thomas Paine I spoke of SOPA in yesterday’s post, and this quote is certainly relevant. I do not think our congressmen have ill intentions per se (although I do think they are dazzled and stupefied by lobby money), rather that they do not truly understand the internet the way many younger folks do. The bill claims to protect the intellectual property …

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Let my body burn as it once burned in life, with passion on the path of wisdom. Let the smoke raise my soul from its prison, lift it to the heavens. Bury the ashes in earth,  encase the seed of a great maple within its womb. Lift me once more into life, where body meets soul, earth and sky, great bones moving with the spirited wind. Sorrow not, my friends… Rejoice! Let your lightness lift me to a happy afterlife; do not …

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There seems to be a prevailing, almost orthodox, interpretation of Plato’s Republic, that Plato himself was a staunch supporter of totalitarianism with great confidence in his proposed aristocracy. But this view often neglects the first city described in Book II, which arises out of the assumption that humans have many needs which cannot be satisfied independently (369b-c). It is easy to dismiss this constitution in particular, for it is quickly pushed aside and forgotten by even the characters themselves. Nonetheless …

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Libertas. Our own word, Liberty, is derived from this Latin one. It is a word that describes freedom, it represents openness in speech, the ability to articulate thoughts without fear, and a power to put those thoughts into action, so long as they don’t impose on another’s own liberty. It is a word our country was founded upon. Indeed, to many of our founders, it is the word our country was founded upon. Liberty from tyranny and taxation, liberty from …

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