Great to be back up and running on the Global Civ site again. This spring semester holds many secrets and exciting adventures. I am pleased to announce the start of my 2012 independent study with Thomas Steele-Maley and Ralph Moore. This independent study is focusing on comparative politics and the inner dynamics of social and political systems. My goal for this Independent study is to have it split up into two parts. The first part is going to be spent reading, writing, and thinking about the foundation of modern politics and crafting my own opinion about Socrates, Plato, and the start of political thinking. I am diving into I.F. Stone, Hannah Arendt, and many other esteemed scholars in the field of political thought. My goal is going to be to tie this learning and new understanding into the second part of my study which will focus on applying these opinions to current issues and the 21st century world. The reasoning behind this is because I want to have the knowledge, background, and credibility to make my own arguments about what is going on in our world. I feel that in order to gain this credibility I must first study and learn about the foundation of politics and why things work the way they do. I hope you all stay tuned in and are as excited about this upcoming semester as I am. Please leave any comments or questions below!