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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Robert Polito

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From: todslone@hotmail.com
To: ackea040@newschool.edu
CC: nsfreepress@gmail.com; mail@poetryfoundation.org; editors@poetrymagazine.org; hmpi@poetryfoundation.org
Subject: New School prof/dirlo satirized
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:41:20 -0400

To Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Ackerman, the New School Free Press,
One of your professors or directors, Robert Polito, is satirized in a new P. Maudit cartoon as a gatekeeping censor of poetry.  I attach it here.  But you can also examine it on my blog site:  http://wwwtheamericandissidentorg.blogspot.com/2014/03/robert-polito_19.html.  Please publish it in your newspaper.  Or is your newspaper, as I suspect, simply another ideologically-kept press parading around as “free”?  Please, at least, inform me of your decision.   Although, the cartoon is not “news from a student perspective,” it certainly ought to be an issue “important to young people and students everywhere.”  After all, censorship is becoming rampant in America.  If the issue is NOT important to students, then democracy in America is already lost. 

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