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

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Joe Gouveia

On the Self-Serving Apathy of Poets and Artists

Inspired by the seated Joe Gouveia, poetry curator, and John Bonanni, poetry editor

When poets, artists, and others will not stand up
in overt, visceral support
for the fundamental human right

to freedom
of speech
and expression,

especially regarding those rare individuals,
who would choose truth over groveling for fame,
recognition, position, and financial remuneration…

When poets, artists, and others refuse to stand
because they disagree with those rare individuals,
dislike, hate, scorn, or simply do not know them,

and instead make excuses for inaction or silence,
turning to ridicule, denigration, or purposeful snubbing,
as if somehow that would erase the egregious hypocrisy
of their hot-air reality,

then that most fundamental of human rights,
for all intensive purposes, no longer truly exists,
for what can such freedom come to mean
when those rare individuals, who choose truth
over that which serves to bind poets, artists, and others 
into a state of permanent denial and general fraudulence,

when those rare individuals, the ones who truly need it,
end up being ostracized into oblivion?

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