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

Monday, February 25, 2013

David J. Leonard

 
Notice of this cartoon was sent to the student newspaper, The Daily Evergreen, which, as predicted, did not respond.  It was also sent to David J. Leonard, who as predicted did not respond.  It was sent to Leonard's immediate colleagues (see list below), as well as the President of Washington State University Elson S. Floyd, who as predicted did not respond.  Only an adjunct instructor ended up responding, though via email, and not really regarding the issue evoked in the cartoon. 
 
Vigorous debate, cornerstone of democracy, is evidently NOT prized at Washington State University.
 
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To David Leonard, Chair, Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race [Indoctrination] Studies, Washington State University at Pullman: 
Your racist, stereotyping comments attracted my attention and provoked me to sketch a cartoon on you.  See http://wwwtheamericandissidentorg.blogspot.com/2013/02/david-j-leonard.html.  Hopefully, though doubtfully, it might foment at WSU a little vigorous debate, cornerstone of democracy.  You and your colleagues and students are encouraged to comment on the blog.  Comments are NEVER moderated (i.e., censored).  The editors of The Daily Evergreen have been encouraged to publish the cartoon, though if you and your colleagues have been successful with their regard, they will likely not be responding.  Courage is, after all, not a prime quality in academe.
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