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, January 28, 2013

Louise Gluck


 

Above is the front cover of Issue #10, featuring Louise Gluck, safely tenured at Williams College and Poet Laureate Lackey of the US Congress at the time.  The issue was sent to Gluck, who as faithful academic did not of course respond.  Williams College library, of course, will not subscribe.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Anita Walker

Open Letter to Anita Walker,
Executive Director, Massachusetts Cultural Council
Currently I am working on the new front cover illustration for The American Dissident, a 501 c3 nonprofit journal devoted to literature, democracy, and dissidence. I have a photo of you, O’Leary and others handing a check to Lucy Loomis, director of Sturgis Library in Barnstable. Since you will be depicted naked with Loomis and O’Leary on the front cover (“The Little Emperors Have No Clothes”), I wanted to give you a chance to respond prior to my completion of the illustration. My complaint regarding Loomis and Sturgis Library is quite simple.  


The library’s own policy stipulates “Libraries should challenge censorship […].” Yet Sturgis not only banned my flyers, but also permanently banned me from its premises on June 19th without due process or even warning. Why? Well, I’d had the audacity to WRITE criticism regarding Loomis’ egregious hypocrisy vis-a-vis that written library policy. No threats, four-letter words, or sexual innuendos were made in my WRITTEN comments. Mind-boggling? You bet!

My question to you is quite simple: Why would you wish to support such a fascistic director and institution with taxpayer monies?

Finally, it is sad that the MCC refuses to help support The American Dissident, a unique literary journal that actually dares criticize cultural institutions… like the MCC itself. In fact, I no longer apply for local MCC grants. Why bother when state culture tends to be defined as politically-correct, anodyne smiley-faced?

Surprise me with a response. Surprise me that you are not so entangled in politics that you can actually think with clarity. If I do not hear from you, this letter will appear in the issue. Thank you for your attenion. 
 
[NO RESPONSE!]
 
Walker is depicted above in the watercolor as a state toadie wearing a crown.