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

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gary Trudeau

The cartoon below was sketched in early 2015.  A recent article, "The Comic Strip’s Heyday in ‘Cartoon County," written in the New York Times by hack cartoonist Gary Trudeau, provoked the posting.  For me Trudeau is famous not for his Doonesbury inanity comicstrip, but rather for his apologizing for the Muslim murderers of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in 2015, which is why Long Island University ought to be ashamed for giving him an award.  According to Trudeau, "Newspaper comics are regarded as a kind of public utility—a reliable, 365-days-a-year source of light entertainment."  So, we have cooptation of poetry... and we also have cooptation of comics.  Bravo to the facilitators like Trudeau...

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