A Forum for Vigorous Debate, Cornerstone of Democracy

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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

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Thomas Dingman


Above is the front cover for the latest American Dissident, issue #23. It features Harvard University, which recently placed civility on a higher level than democracy (i.e., vigorous debate, freedom of speech and freedom of expression).  Depicted are Thomas Dingman, Dean of Freshman, Sue Brown, Ph.D., Resident Dean, Katie Steele, Director for Freshman Programming, Brandon Edwards, Assistant to Dean of Freshmen and Freshman Programs Assistant leading flagellant students of the new freshman class in a recitation of the pledge:

“I shall act with integrity, respect, and industry, and to sustain a community characterized by inclusiveness and civility. The exercise of kindness holds a place on a par with intellectual attainment.”

Sadly,one former student, Ralph Waldo Emerson, is imprisoned in a pillory and reciting a different pledge: “Go upright and vital, and speak the rude truth in all ways.” Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” used to be required reading by each new freshman class at Harvard… that is, until multiculti happy-face dogmatists took over.  Unsurprisingly, not one of the above persons contacted deigned to respond to my correspondance.