[Milton-L] Appropriation of Areopagitica

Brendan Prawdzik brendanprawdzik at gmail.com
Thu Aug 2 21:57:35 EDT 2018


Well my goodness, Jim, of course I agree with you!  Bern baby Bern!

On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 8:01 PM, James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think that's a good response to the situation, Brendan, from the point
> of view of a Miltonist. I think it might be a bit much for a person who
> wants to freely disseminate the plans to 3-D print a lethal weapon to
> process, or at the least, probably beyond his interests. I think a further
> problem is that the situation isn't limited to just him: anyone with a 3D
> printer and the desire can conceivably figure it out. We need gun
> legislation that will restrict such uses of 3D printing, period, especially
> since these weapons can likely slip past metal detectors. And if we accept
> that, we have to face the fact that the party that controls all three
> branches of government is currently unwilling to support any responsible,
> pro-life gun legislation even in the face of repeated mass shootings.
>
> So the question then becomes, "How long are voters going to continue
> supporting them?"
>
> I think the public response to the misreading of Milton was a good one. So
> now I'm asking, who are we going to vote for next year?
>
> Jim R
>
> On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 8:45 PM, Brendan Prawdzik <
> brendanprawdzik at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> All, the appropriation of Milton for misguided causes might prompt a
>> pause.
>>
>> I think that you agree that the application of Milton's 1644 tract to a
>> 2018 gun-rights discussion based on a first amendment ratified in 1789 is
>> deeply problematic, esp. given that the current "gun" debate involves
>> weapons of mass murder unimaginable in 1644 (when the trebuchet was in wide
>> use).
>>
>> But the event might encourage us to consider that the Milton of 1667
>> might well have disagreed with the Milton of 1644: that there are aspects
>> and arguments in Areopagitica that the Milton of Paradise Lost (1667) and,
>> especially, of Paradise Regained and of Samson Agonistes (1671), would find
>> no longer viable.
>>
>> Well wishes,  Brendan
>>
>> --
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