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.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Alyson Cook

A Circular Oddity
My argument was dismissed
as circular, which meant
round and round and round,
and, sure, I could go round
and round the same subject,
and, as friend J observes,
many of the great artistes
went round and round too.

My statement was simple:
the poet laureate of the US
Library of Congress was ineluctably
a fellow from the established order,
someone who did not make waves
or rock the established-order boat
in any way whatsoever.

But, as mentioned, the Ivy League
PhD professor dismissed that argument,
that direct observation, as circular.
Thus, I asked how it could be
any other way with poets laureate,
and she wrote, in the spirit of debate:
So I will not be responding to future emails.*
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*Williams College professor Alyson Cook

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