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, May 24, 2017

Amit Majmudar


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From: George Slone
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:57 PM
To: amajmuda@neomed.edu; kevin.young@emory.edu; juan.herrera@ucr.edu; eileenmylesstudio@gmail.com; alison@blueflowerarts.com; nitz@graywolfpress.org; solmazs@stanford.edu

To Amit Majmudar, Editor of Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now; Eileen Myles; Jane Hirshfield; Kevin Young; Juan Felipe Herrera; and Solmaz Sharif:

A cartoon I just sketched on you and your new book is attached and also published on the internet (see wwwtheamericandissidentorg.blogspot.com).  Feel free to comment.  Comments are NEVER censored, uh, moderated.  

Well, Hirshfield’s email address was simply unavailable on the internet.  She is too high up on the elitist literary ladder for a plebe like me to contact.  Like Trump, each of you form part of an elite, quite apart from We, the Plebes.  In your case, it is the literary elite.  

You do not respond to criticism, for you are part of that buffered elite, where not truth, but hagiography, PC, and money constitute the modus operandi.  

Calling me a “troll,” like Eileen Myles did, is certainly not an intelligent point-by-point counter response to the criticism, but rather an indication of being intellectually-challenged.  Myles like you can simply not comprehend anything beyond the hagiographic business-as-usual m.o. of the academic/literary establishment. 

How sad it is that not one literary journal out there, besides the one I publish, would even consider publishing the cartoon or any real criticism of your ilk.  Each of you cower--such great fear of hardcore criticism!!!  

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