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

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Gregory Orr and Elizabeth Lund

Perhaps I should have called the above cartoon, "The Silence of the Poet Lambs."  Lund does not provide her email at the Washington Post, so I could not send it to her.  However, I did send it to establishment-poet Doug Holder of Ibbetson Press, since I finally managed to obtain an image of Lund, after hunting for a while on the net, from an interview/hagiography video she did with Holder.  Also, I sent it to Gregory Orr, the subject of Lund's hagiography.  Will either poet respond?  Or will they automatically abide by the Poet Lamb creed:  thou shalt not respond to criticism from critical plebe poets, no matter how truthful?  The key in all of my cartoons is TRUTH.  The goal of satirical targets should be to find something, anything, in the cartoons that is not TRUTH.   Then they should inform me of their finding(s) and, if indeed an error, I will correct it and apologize for it.  BUT poets, especially when criticized, tend to hate vigorous debate and freedom of speech, democracy's cornerstones...