Autobiography /Memoir in 365 Parts (9.0)

21 Mar
YIPPIE (Youth International Party) logo circa 1968

YIPPIE (Youth International Party) logo circa 1968

in memory: Danny Schechter (1942-2015

21 March 2015

Chronological age is a misleading metric when considering literary journalist Robert Birnbaum. For example, it is the case that some years are of longer duration than others. In Birnbaum’s case 1968 was,uh, a transformative year. Political activism was at a high pitch: a big wave of consciousness raising was rolling over the First World and right wing hysteria was evolving from its incubus form to what we have today. Having witnessed the State at work in Chicago’s streets and at Grant Park in August, 1968 and also Eugene MCCarthy’s greeting to the throngs assembled across from the Conrad Hilton hotel, “Greetings to the government-in exile”, his commitment to campaigning for social justice became life long imperative

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