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.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Denise Hill, Casey Hill

Both Denise Hill and Casey Hill, online lit-mag publishers of New Pages are in the censoring business.  Surprise?  Not at all.  Poets and academics tend to favor censorship, for they tend to have fragile, bourgeois egos with a sense of superiority.  The academic chancellors of the haughty Academy of American Poets illustrate the point.  The Hills refuse to list The American Dissident with the other literary journals listed, as if it didn't even exist.  Bravo!  After their flat rejection, I satirized them as censors for the front cover of The American Dissident #19.  Now, will Denise select the above for her lit-mag cover of the week blog inanity?   No.  Why not?  Because she is a poet/academic censor.  Period.  Dare criticize her little literary business, which sucks on the teat of the taxpayer, and be ostracized.  Period.  It is very simple in the world of American poesy.  Still, how difficult for me it is to comprehend the censor's mind.  As editor of The American Dissident, I always publish the harshest criticism of the journal in each and every issue.  What's the big deal?  Well, you'd have to ask the Hill ilk.  Poets should not be in the censorship business.  Period.  

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