Bill Ayers, Obama buddy and neighbor, likely Obama ghostwriter, co-founder of and bomb-maker for the terrorist Weatherman/Weathermen/Weather Underground and author of the charming (not!) revolutionary communist manifesto Prairie Fire, is writing again. He’s at Huffington Post with the rest of the high Q score reprobates, natcherly.
In his first blog at HuffPo, Ayers talks about Obama and education reform. Most of the education reform portion of the article identifies the same problems any conservative education reformer would see with the government monopoly schools. Schools are there to dumb kids down, to turn them into good worker bees who can work in the factories that the government monopoly schools were designed to complement. The factories have been driven out of America by ecowarriors, trial lawyers, and their allies, but the schools have not adjusted. Public Schools are not now and never have been there to teach kids how to think, how to become adults who understand the principles that underlie their wants, and have a plan for their own success and thriving in life. Schools are there to turn kids into factory worker sheeple who drink a sixpack every night while watching the ball games.
As far as that goes Ayers and I agree.
Here is where we do not agree.
Obama is not a monarch — Arne Duncan is not education czar — and we are not his subjects. If we want a foreign policy based on justice, for example, we ought to get busy organizing a robust anti-imperialist peace movement; if we want to end the death penalty we better get smart about changing the dominant narrative concerning crime and punishment. We are not allowed to sit quietly in a democracy awaiting salvation from above. We are all equal, and we all need to speak up and speak out right now.
Ayers talks a good game in most of the article as he identifies the weaknesses in education. But in this paragraph he gives away his game. He is not in favor of teaching kids how to think with ideologically neutral materials. Rather than teaching kids how to use logic and reason to dismantle bad arguments, or how to use empirical methods to test economic and sociological assertions, Ayers intends to use the teachers’ higher status compared to their students to brainwash the students into “changing the dominant narrative” concerning all sorts of things: Private property; human rights; class warfare; not just crime and punishment.
Keep that on your mind as we dig into into Ayers’ past to disinter his hidden goals. Zombie transcribes an interview with Larry Grathwohl, an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the Weather Underground, in which he relates the gang’s plans for how to carry out their revolution.
I bought up the subject of what’s going to happen after we take over the government. We, we become responsible, then, for administrating, you know, 250 million people.
And there was no answers. No one had given any thought to economics; how are you going to clothe and feed these people.
The only thing that I could get, was that they expected that the Cubans and the North Vietnamese and Chinese and the Russians would all want to occupy different portions of the United States.
They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter-revolution. And they felt that this counter-revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing re-education centers in the southwest, where we would take all the people who needed to be re-educated into the new way of thinking and teach them… how things were going to be.
I asked, well, what’s going to happen to those people that we can’t re-educate; that are die-hard capitalists. And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further, they estimated that they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these re-education centers. And when I say eliminate, I mean kill. 25 million people.
I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people.
And they were dead serious.”
And they still are. As Zombie demonstrates, Ayers still believes everything now that he believed then. He still anticipates a rebellion against the US government, perhaps after Obama drives the economy further into a ditch. Imagine 10% inflation combined with 15% unemployment, falling house prices, and stagnant wages. People will not have enough money to survive, there will be bankruptcies everywhere, and revolution is a serious and dangerous possibility. Ayers has always intended to be on the front line, a revolutionary vanguard poised to organize the revolution, turn it into a communist coup and a mass slaughter.
In Prairie Fire Ayers stated the first step toward revolutionary communist hegemony is to impose socialism. Socialism has always, everywhere produced misery and violence. This is exactly what revolutionary communists like Ayers like about socialism. It prepares the ground for a revolution they can subvert and take over, to end up as the revolutionary elite, a communist aristocracy ruling a victim nation with guns, hunger, and terror.
My problem with Ayers’ ideas for educational reform is that Ayers does not wish to improve education. He likes the idea of brainwashing students instead of educating them. His desired change is to turn the students into a different brand of sheeple: vicious partisans for the new Red army.
It would be a good idea to keep on eye on the elderly but still dangerous Ayers.
Here is his RSS feed.