A Forum for Vigorous Debate, Cornerstone of Democracy
A FORUM FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND VIGOROUS DEBATE, CORNERSTONES OF DEMOCRACY
[For the journal (guidelines, focus, etc.), go to www.theamericandissident.org ].
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.
More P. Maudit cartoons (and essays) at Global Free Press: http://www.globalfreepress.org
Monday, December 31, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Poème « irrépondable »
Inspiré par Réjean Bonenfant1
sur ce qui est déjà trop bien enterré dans le fond de vos méninges surprotégées,
et vous permet de continuer de jouir de votre refuge dans la grande illusion littéraire.
Si la plume est une épée, c’est seulement quand c’est dans vos mains
et ce n’est pas du tout au grand service de la poésie.
Le poète révolté reste désarmé devant vous, mais il refuse de s’en aller.
Appelez donc les flics… ou est-ce que vous l’avez déjà fait ?
Dénigrer son expérience d’être censuré devant l’apathie de la masse poète
par l’évocation de la vôtre ou de celle d’un autre d’il y a quelques années
La Machine de la poésie existe comme formidable ennemie de la poésie rebelle,
celle qui s’engage contre la Machine elle-même
Que c’est difficile de dialoguer dans la Noirceur… sinon impossible !
Deux solitudes en état de guerre, vous et le poète révolté,
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: A new Keli Goff cartoon
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2012 11:57:19 -0500
Check out the satirical cartoon P. Maudit just drew on you:
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
You are the subject of my new blog post: http://wwwtheamericandissidentorg.blogspot.com/2012/11/dorianne-laux.html. Feel free to comment, though I expect you won't. Poets tend to scorn vigorous debate, cornerstone of democracy.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Above is the front cover for Issue #21 of The American Dissident. It's part of a series titled "Democracy" and is called "The Schizophrenic Citizen," depicting the conflict between rude truth and civility, the latter generally imposed in academe at the expense of the former.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Neither Travis nor Thought & Action deigned to respond to this counter-essay. Perhaps both he and editor Mary Ellen Flannery are examples of those anti-egalitarians.
Friday, October 12, 2012
A handful of poets were asked on the Academy website (poets.org) to respond to the following question posed by some invisible Academy chancellor or likely lackey thereof:
“What do you see as the role of the poet in today’s culture?”
The poet, above and beyond all else, ought to decry censorship, speak rude truth even at the expense of literary and/or academic career, and otherwise be a soldier/defender of freedom of speech and vigorous debate, democracy's cornerstones. He or she ought to have the courage to especially denounce the censorship effected by organizations like the Academy of American Poets.
A few years ago, I’d contacted members of an earlier flock of chancellors who proved indifferent to censorship. One of them is present in the current flock, prof emeritus, ex-hippie Lyn Hejinian. No matter. The careers of chancellor Dichterlings depend on chancellor Dichterlings turning a blind eye and adorning a classy-looking muzzle.
Jo Bang seems to excel like most other known poets in the art of vacuous verbiage. Perhaps that’s the true role of today's poet. Brilliant, Jo Bang!
Now, that’s a good way to avoid speaking rude truth! Cover it up with egg… and why not throw some bacon in its mouth too? Brilliant, Bibbins!
Yes, the poet as ostrich supreme. Brilliant, Donnelly!
Yes, the poet as role player certainly mirrored the sad reality of most poets as role-playing poseurs. Just look at their websites. Brilliant, Mann!
But it took more than a mere eyeball. It also took a mouth and especially the courage to open it when doing so might irk the flock! Brilliant, Mirov!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
So, why celebrate such a despicably deplorable record? Why not instead satirize the intellectually corrupt bibliotards, philes, and snubs, as I've done regarding the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom
(see http://www.theamericandissident.org/orgs/american_library_association.html )? The OIF, by the way, remains utterly indifferent to my complaint of being permanently trespassed without warning or due process by Sturgis Library, which celebrates Banned Books Week, though not this year, according to its fascistic director Lucy Loomis? The only response from the ALA to my complaint was from Valerie Hawkins, though not of the Office of Intellectual Freedom:
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Subject: Re: Cape Cod Art Museum featured in this week's American Dissident blog entry
There are two incorrect statements in your latest blog post. There is no Cape Cod Cultural Council -- there are regional and town Cultural Councils on the Cape; the one for Barnstable and Yarmouth is called the Mid-Cape Regional Cultural Council. I stepped down from the MCRCC over a year and a half ago. Their current President is Becky Lawrence.
There is no need to send us notifications about your blog posts -- if we want to subscribe, we will do so.
Sturgis Library, Barnstable Village
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Subject: Your statement on artists is a farce!
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:28:17 -0400
Your statement is a farce: "There are regimes that are afraid of art, but artists are not afraid of regimes." 95% of the poets and artists I've observed are in fact part of cultural sectors of regimes. 95% are cultural or academic ladder climbers, thus fearful of regimes. 95% would not dare stand alone to protest against anything for 95% are herd members. Is that you the gorgeous blond in black dress standing in front of the picture of a nude woman? I was looking for your photo so I could do a satire on that statement of yours. To add to the already over-bloated myth of the artist and poet only helps keep his or her art and poetry bland and safe usually in some academic cocoon.
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: RE: Your statement on artists is a farce!
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:48:47 -0400
A satirical cartoon on you is featured in this week's American Dissident blog entry: http://wwwtheamericandissidentorg.blogspot.com/2012/09/blog-post.html. Please feel free to comment. Comments are never moderated or otherwise censored. Thank you for your attention.
G. Tod Slone, Ed.
The American Dissident
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
FIRE noted President Harker did not respond to its letter. Will he respond to the above satire? Imagine, on the university level, even thinking about prohibiting "teasing"! One must wonder which PC professor/indoctrinators drew up the Bullying Code. For the article and letter on this troubling concern, consult http://thefire.org/article/14752.html.
Will the student newspaper publish the satire? Miracles do happen: Syracuse University's student newspaper published a P. Maudit satire on a SU gender-studies self-professed "revolutionary" professor/indoctrinator, Minnie Bruce Pratt. The following is the email I cc'd to President Harker:
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Here in America, one might of course say the same thing. Far too many faceless little-caesars like Daniel Santos, Betsy Newell, Eleanor Claus, and Lucy Loomis remain willfully ignorant of citizen rights and are bent on limiting those rights and punishing anyone who dares actually exercise them.
My right to voice my opinions freely and publish them without hindrance was clearly violated by those faceless little-caesars, each of whom firmly backed the decision to have me permanently trespassed from Sturgis Library without warning or DUE PROCESS on June 19, 2012.
Subject: Re: Criticism of Cape Cod Librarians
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:35:29 -0400
For Santos and those like him, fighting openly for ones First Amendment rights is nothing but "intellectual masturbation." In other words, any thinking outside of the Santos box of commerce should be done in the privacy of ones home.
BTW, I have offered to meet with Santos and the other trustees to discuss the issues at hand. He and they have yet to respond to that offer. After all, how could meeting with me possibly further his and their careers?