A Forum for Vigorous Debate, Cornerstone 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

Friday, June 28, 2013

Scott McLemee


Scott McLemee said...

You, sir, are an idiot. I have nothing at all to do with whether or not your comments, or anyone else's, are posted. I never even see them.

This has been explained to you in the past. Presumably the voices in your head were screetching and so drowned out the information.

John Emerson said...

Editing is not censorship. Whoever it was that did it didn't censor you.

G. Tod Slone said...

Well, that was quick! You must be on constant egocentric lookout for anything with your name attached. Anyhow, this was an old cartoon. I wanted it on the internet for the public record. Thankfully, higher ed has not yet managed to FILTER out such material. Inside Higher Ed has censored at least 20 of my comments, none of which contained prohibited words, insults, or threats. If IHE were not an academic-oriented publication, I would not have protested. Academe, you see Herr Lemee, should be an arena of vigorous debate, cornerstone of democracy. And as we both know, thanks to IHE, you and so many others, especially of the PC ilk, it is not. Now, what did you do to try to convince your boss and colleagues at IHE to be more open to different viewpoints and less apt to kneejerk censor them? Ah, so, I’m the “idiot”?

G. Tod Slone said...

Herr Emerson, you ought to know that censorship comes in many, many disguises and euphemisms today. Yes, let’s call it moderating, or editing out, or maintaining a family-friendly environment, or some other idiocy, as in hate speech is not free speech, therefore should be eradicated. What ever you wish to call or deem it, the fact remains: my speech (comment, opinion) was eliminated and my voice not permitted in the academic arena of ideas. For me, that’s censorship. For you, that’s probably maintaining a professorial-friendly environment. Thanks for the comment!