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 11, 2015

Richard Hoffman, Karen Wulf, Helen Elaine Lee


PEN's Silence and Shame

Is it not shameful that so many academics, poets, editors, and even PEN functionaries when questioned and challenged tend to remain absolutely silent?  Are they really that high and mighty that they refuse to respond to criticism when lodged by a lowly unconnected plebe like me?  Apparently, they certainly think so.  Below are the emails I'd sent regarding the above cartoon.  Not one person addressed deigned to respond.  Sadly, such lack of response is not unusual.  Could it be that my criticism hit the tender hurt-feelings bull's eye?  Hmm.  What ever happened to vigorous debate, democracy's cornerstone, here in America?  It seems PC has succeeded in giving it a death blow.  Onwards... nonetheless!  



From: todslone@hotmail.com
To: richard_hoffman@emerson.edu
CC: pen-newengland@mit.edu; helee@mit.edu
Subject: PEN New England... corrupt to the core
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:27:16 -0400

To Richard Hoffman, PEN NE Chair and Emerson College Prof,
You are the subject of a new P. Maudit cartoon (see http://wwwtheamericandissidentorg.blogspot.com).  Feel free to comment.  Comments on the site are never moderated (i.e., censored).  This email has been cc'd to Karen Wulf, who is also depicted.  Wulf has been irresponsive (i.e., irresponsible), which is why I direct it to you.  It has also been cc'd to Helen Elaine Lee, Professor Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT, who is also depicted and has also been irresponsive (i.e., irresponsible).  A separate email was sent to the "independent" (usually means dependent) student newspaper editors of The Berkeley Beacon at Emerson College, who, if they are anything like you, will likely not respond and will NOT publish the cartoon, despite my encouraging them to do so.  Below are some thoughts on PEN New England, which you will likely ignore.  For a long essay I wrote on PEN, see http://www.globalfreepress.org/sections/free-speech/3415-pen-an-ethical-consideration.  It is not laudatory, so you will also likely discard it.  

Thank you for your attention.  
Sincerely, 
G. Tod Slone, PhD (universite de Nantes, FR) aka P. Maudit,
Founding Editor (1998)
The American Dissident, a 501c3 Nonprofit Journal of Literature, Democracy, and Dissidence
217 Commerce Rd.

Barnstable, MA 02630 

PEN New England… Defending (Encouraging!) Freedom to Write Lies
A certain infantile simplicity—a vast generalizing to the point where truth is inevitably affected—is embedded in social-activist sloganeering, as in “Hands up, Don’t Shoot.”  In fact, the "Hands up, Don't Shoot" slogan, rather than truth, promoted a lie/was founded on a lie.  But most social activists tend to be wholly unconcerned with truth or rather lack thereof.  Eric Holder’s agenda-driven DOJ was, however, forced by evidence to finally admit that “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” was a lie.  But PEN New England still presented this year’s prestigious Howard Zinn Freedom to Write Award to two of the pusher  activists of that lie.  PEN seems to have clearly deviated from its original founding principle of "defending freedom of expression"… to supporting social activist lies and agendas.  It will not defend my freedom of expression, for example, because it does not form part of the latter.  The problem with PEN in general is its co-optation by the academic/literary established-order and its fawning over famous established-order writers.  Of course, many academics and writers of that established order used to be against that very order.  But money, pension, perks, job security, cowardice, and absence of principles (not ideology, but principles) brought them to the other side.  Once they were against “the man,” that power mongering liar; now they are “the man,” that power mongering liar.  And that they will never be able to understand, let alone admit…  


From: todslone@hotmail.com
To: editor@berkeleybeacon.com
CC: contact@berkeleybeacon.com; richard_hoffman@emerson.edu
Subject: An Emerson professor lampooned by P. Maudit
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:46:55 -0400

To Ryan Catalani, Editor-in-Chief, The Berkeley Beacon, Emerson College,
One of your professors, Richard Hoffman, chair of PEN New England, is lampooned in a new P. Maudit cartoon (see wwwtheamericandissidentorg.blogspot.com).  It is not a question whether or not Hoffman is a nice fellow, but rather one of truth.  Please publish the cartoon in your newspaper, that is, if you are truly independent and also interested, as all good journalists should be, in examining the darker side of superficially shiny institutions like PEN New England, ACLUM, Mass Cultural Council, Emerson College, etc.   BTW, in Orwellian doublespeak "independent" today tends to mean "dependent."  Also, please publish the brief account below regarding PEN New England.  If you have any questions, I encourage you to hammer away.  Emerson College, BTW, rejects The American Dissident and Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous words "I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions. Every decent and well-spoken individual affects and sways me more than is right. I ought to go upright and vital, and speak the rude truth in all ways."  
Thanks for your hopeful attention.  
Sincerely,

G. Tod Slone, PhD (universite de Nantes, FR) aka P. Maudit,
Founding Editor (1998)
The American Dissident, a 501c3 Nonprofit Journal of Literature, Democracy, and Dissidence
217 Commerce Rd.

Barnstable, MA 02630 

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