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

Friday, April 25, 2014

Major Jackson

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Unsurprisingly, U of Vermont's student editors and Jackson did not respond to the following email and above cartoon.
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From: todslone@hotmail.com
To: cynic@uvm.edu; crevans@uvm.edu; cynicopinion@gmail.com
CC: major.jackson@uvm.edu
Subject: UV Prof Satirized by P. Maudit
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:57:30 -0400

To Editor-in-Chief Natalie Williams, Opinion Editor Josh Gachette, the other Student Editors of The Vermont Cynic, as well as Faculty Advisor Chris Evans, University of Vermont: 

Well, the name of your student newspaper is refreshing in this smiley-face day and age where cynicism seems to be scorned, for fear of hurting feelings.  BUT are you really independent questioners and challengers or are you just another PC-media outlet of groupthink?  If you are the former, then why not consider publishing the satirical cartoon sketched on one of your professors, which I just posted on The American Dissident blog site:  wwwtheamericandissidentorg.blogspot.com ?

In fact, why not ask your librarian why he or she does not respond to my request that he or she consider subscribing ($20) to The American Dissident, which unlike most literary journals, does criticize librarians, professors, poets, and universities? 

Over the years, I’ve sketched numerous cartoons on professors and contacted them and their colleagues.  Rare is the professor (and student editor) who responds.  In fact, only one professor has been willing to invite me to his creative writing courses to talk about poetry and The American Dissident.  He’s been inviting me every semester now for the past five years.  Below is what one student had to say about the issue she examined last week. 
Please do respond.

Thank you for your attention.

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