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

Friday, February 16, 2018

Christian Smith

University of Notre Dame

Unsurprisingly, Christian Smith did not respond to the above cartoon.  Unsurprisingly, Smith’s colleagues did not respond to it.  Unsurprisingly, the student editors did not respond to it and of course will not publish it.  Why unsurprisingly?  Murky waters of democracy, that's why...  Read Smith’s essay here: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Higher-Education-Is-Drowning/242195?cid=wcontentgrid_hp_2.  

From: George Slone
Sent: Saturday, February 10, 2018 2:55 PM
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Subject: A Notre Dame sociology professor lampooned in a new P. Maudit cartoon

To the Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame:
Attached is a cartoon I just finished on one of your colleagues.  Why not examine it?   The response I received from that colleague was ABSOLUT MINDNUMBERY and is highlighted in the cartoon, which really does strike at the very crux of the problem:  your problem, academe’s problem, and consequently America’s problem.  I welcome your reaction, though will be surprised if I receive any considering general professorial disdain for vigorous debate, cornerstone of democracy...

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