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Rosa Parks. Martin Luther King. Nelson Mandela. Now it’s time to add another name to the pantheon of civil rights heroes: liberal columnist Eric Alterman, who was arrested in New Hampshire at last night’s Democratic debate and charged with criminal trespass.
True, at first glance Alterman’s achievements don’t appear to be as heroic as his predecessors. Parks and King suffered for their efforts to desegregate the South and Mandela spent decades in prison in seeking to bring down South Africa’s apartheid regime. Alterman, by contrast, was busted while looking to cadge free drinks at a media VIP reception. But I suspect Alterman, the Gilligan of Nation cruises, will be regaling shipmates with tales of his bravery for years to come.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”