A Forum for Vigorous Debate, Cornerstone of Democracy

[For the journal--guidelines, focus, etc.--go to www.theamericandissident.org. If you have questions, please contact me at todslone@hotmail.com. Comments are NOT moderated (i.e., CENSORED)!]
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, not to mention Sweden, England, and Austria.

More P. Maudit cartoons (and essays) at Global Free Press: http://www.globalfreepress.org

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dorianne Laux

Hi Dorianne,
You are the subject of my new blog post: http://wwwtheamericandissidentorg.blogspot.com/2012/11/dorianne-laux.html. Feel free to comment, though I expect you won't. Poets tend to scorn vigorous debate, cornerstone of democracy. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Joan Houlihan

Read the amazingly stupidly contradictory statement poetry autocrat Joan Houlihan wrote me on dissidence here:  http://www.theamericandissident.org/orgs/concord_poetry_center.html

Freedom of Speech

Above is the front cover for Issue #21 of The American Dissident.  It's part of a series titled "Democracy" and is called "The Schizophrenic Citizen," depicting the conflict between rude truth and civility, the latter generally imposed in academe at the expense of the former.