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Three Words to Live By

Three Words to Live By

When I lived in Key West in the late ’70s, early ’80s, a well known local contractor, whose name now eludes me (a fraction of a brain cell thinks his first name was Carl, but I have zero-percent confidence in that), was busted at sea in the Gulf of Mexico smuggling some large quantity of marijuana from the Yucatan. When the Coast Guard boarded his boat and arrested him, he had just three words to say, which were quoted in…

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Banned Books Week: Canceling Thought More Than Ever in 2021

Banned Books Week: Canceling Thought More Than Ever in 2021

It is that time of year again, and it is Banned Books Week, marked this year from Sept. 26 through Oct. 2. I wrote this piece last year, my first piece on Banned Books Week in three years since my previous posting on the subject in 2017. I’m repeating last year’s piece here since not only have there been no improvements, but things continue to move in the absolute wrong direction. We’ve now gotten an open admission of the juncture…

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Why I’ve Moved From Medium to Substack

Why I’ve Moved From Medium to Substack

That’s the long and the short of it: I’ve moved to Substack with my writing and have given up on Medium. I’ll tell you why. From the time I started my blogs more than four years ago, I co-published most of my posts on Medium. I was attracted by the possibility of a large, pre-existing audience, and the reach offered by Medium. What I didn’t anticipate, and perhaps should have, is the inherent bias that exists within Medium and most…

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Democracy Dies in Darkness

Democracy Dies in Darkness

This piece originally appeared on my non-fiction blog, FJY.US . It deals with what is the biggest threat facing America today, and may be the most significant piece I’ve ever written. I am re-posting it here since it goes to the heart of freedom of expression and how it is threatened in unprecedented ways. Democracy dies in darkness. If you care at all about the very survival of American democracy, you should be absolutely terrified of what is happening right…

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Banned Books Week: Canceling Thought in 2020 America

Banned Books Week: Canceling Thought in 2020 America

It is that time of year again, and it is Banned Books Week, marked this year from Sept. 27 through Oct. 3. It’s been three years since I last did a posting on Banned Books Week, and the movement of things in the absolute wrong direction since then is shocking, nearly catastrophic. As our society and others around the world march lemming-like toward a cliff that might well be impossible to climb back from, the impetus to censor in 2020…

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