No one who saw the documentary An Inconvenient Man will forget watching 2000 third-party presidential candidate Ralph Nader--the man whose clout supposedly swung the election from Gore to Bush--forcibly ejected from the site of a televised presidential debate. Was he considered too much of a troublemaker? Not significant enough? More to the point: which gatekeepers got to choose the "important" candidates? Since the fix is already in at Belmont, this alternative debate open to all contenders-in-chief is arguably the only one that can truly be called democratic. (You'll certainly have an easier time getting in.) Scheduled to appear: Brad Lyttle of the U.S. Pacifist Party, Charles Jay of the Boston Tea Party, Frank McEnulty of the New American Independence Party and Brian Moore of the Socialist Party. Conspicuous by their absence: the Green Partys Cynthia McKinney, the Libertarian Partys Bob Barr...and Nader. (Skipping this seems like a dumb move, given the media concentration here this week--but hey, there's always YouTube.) Your moderator: Bruce Barry, Scene contributor and author of Speechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace. Chris Matthews, we triple-dog dare you to cover this. For more information, call 593-0304.
Mon., Oct. 6, 7 p.m., 2008