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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
Estimated acres of forest Henry David Thoreau burned down in 1844 trying to cook fish he had caught for dinner:
The bombardier beetle, which can fire liquid at its enemies from its rear end at up to 300 squirts per second, was being scrutinized in the hope of building a better airplane engine.
London Fire Brigade investigators blamed a building fire in South London on a bird that carried a lit cigarette to its rooftop nest. “Smokers,” said neighborhood baker Richard Scroggs. “What can you say?”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”