A Forum for Vigorous Debate, Cornerstone of Democracy

[For the journal (guidelines, focus, etc.), go to www.theamericandissident.org ]. If you have questions, please contact me at todslone@hotmail.com.
Encouraged censorship and self-censorship seem to have become popular in America today. Those who censor others, not just self, tend to favor the term "moderate," as opposed to "censor" and "moderation" to "censorship." But that doesn't change what they do. They still act as Little Caesars or Big Brother protectors of the thin-skinned. Democracy, however, demands a tough populace, not so easily offended. On this blog, and to buck the trend of censorship, banning, and ostracizing, comments are NEVER "moderated." Rarely (almost NEVER) do the targets of these blog entries respond in an effort to defend themselves with cogent counter-argumentation. This blog is testimony to how little academics, poets, critics, newspaper editors, cartoonists, political hacks, cultural council apparatchiks, librarians et al appreciate VIGOROUS DEBATE, cornerstone of democracy. Clearly, far too many of them could likely prosper just fine in places like communist China and Cuba or Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Russia, not to mention Sweden, England, and Austria.

More P. Maudit cartoons (and essays) at Global Free Press: http://www.globalfreepress.org

Friday, January 24, 2020

Greta Anderson

A Brief Critique of an Inside Higher Ed 
Announcement Hit-Piece

The problem with “Charles Murray to Return to Middlebury College” is clearly the bias of the writer, Greta Anderson.  "Controversial" writer, as she labels—essentially disses—Charles Murray is clearly a subjective term.  Shouldn’t an announcement be objective, as opposed to pushing the left-wing narrative?  Clearly, Murray is NOT "controversial" to the group inviting him.  How does Anderson write "widely condemned by social scientists" wi/o presenting an iota of proof to back that negative criticism?  Moreover, might the bulk of those scientists be “left-wing globalists,” a denigrating term that might be used by right-wingers?  How can Anderson evoke the Southern Poverty Law Center w/o mention of the group’s extreme left-wing bias, as well as its other recent problems?  Moreover, the SPLC’s "white nationalist" kill-the-messenger slur has become so overused today by “left-wing Stalinists” and “black nationalists” that it has become essentially meaningless, just like the term "nazi."  Indeed, dismiss me as a "white nationalist" because I criticized Anderson's "controversial, Stasi-like" write-up.  BTW, I am a Middlebury alumnus.  Think!  Get out of the groupthink box!  
G. Tod Slone, Ed.

The American Dissident

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Fitchburg State University

The following was a last ditch effort I made in 1996, my last year at Fitchburg State College.  No response was ever received...

By Professor G. Tod Slone

It is utterly amazing to me that your newspaper has refused to publish anything relative to the corruption that currently exists behind the scenes at Fitchburg State College.  I brought this concern, which deeply affects the quality of student education, to your attention on several occasions in several different letters and to a staff member in person.  The staff member assured me that she had intended on visiting my office to interview me.  When will that be?  Next year when I'm no longer here?  You have chosen to ignore my letters and behind-the-scenes corruption.  Even a student of mine told me that you would not print anything he submitted about the matter.  The local newspaper, The Sentinel, will not print anything either.  Moreover, the faculty refuses to respond to my concerns.  

What kind of institution and town is this?  Does former president Mara still own you, the faculty and the town too?  Has your advisor or an administrator put a gag order on what you may or may not print?  Or is ignoring corruption your own initiative?  

I am ashamed for you, the faculty and all other participants who have helped keep quiet the various instances of unethical and unprofessional behavior perpetrated by some department chairpersons and other administrators.  For you and them, I have written the following poem:  

Fraudulent Perspectives

decry iniquity or be part of it, like it or not
there can be no real in-between
don the cloak or shed it

decry what you see and hear, or live as automaton cadavers
fulfilling the purpose and nefarious dreams 
of the authoritarians who dictate your lives

decry the foul behavior of those with whom you rub elbows
or make excuses for them and for you and
turn on, or at least ignore, the one who decried, for he, 
because of you, shall be alone and vulnerable

what kind of religion would embrace you who...?
what kind of religion would pardon the violators,
the carrion pokers...?

decry or be nothing more than Saro-Wiwa's "meat of dictators"
stew of "moral decrepitude" and perhaps "mental ineptitude"

so easy and comfortable for you, it is, 
to rationalize... 



Saturday, December 21, 2019

Casey Hill NewPages

Literature should not be suppressed merely because it offends the moral code of the censor. 
          —Chief Justice William O. Douglas

Cartoon sketched in 2006.  It is shameful that NewPages.com refuses to list The American Dissident, a 501c3 nonprofit journal of literature, democracy, and dissidence created in 1998 to push back against academic corruption, with the many other literary magazines listed.  Denise Hill and Casey Hill have no backbone at all.  They canNOT bear criticism.  They are like the bulk of thin-skinned poets and professors and journalists today.  Sadly, they are incapable of comprehending the above statement by Justice William O. Douglas.  Sadly, they cannot comprehend the following two statements either.

The selector begins, ideally, with a presumption in favor of liberty of thought; the censor does not. The aim of the selector is to promote reading not to inhibit it; to multiply the points of view which will find expression, not limit them; to be a channel for communication, not a bar against it.
           —Lester Asheim, “Not Censorship but Selection” (Wilson Library Bulletin, 1953)

All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of all censorships. There is the whole case against censorships in a nutshell. 

           —George Bernard Shaw