Domestic terrorist Bill Ayers will be a keynote speaker at the annual meeting for the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) to be held February 15–19 in Atlanta, GA.
Do you know what your children are being taught about what by whom? Probably not.
Ayers was a co-founder of the radical Weather Underground. He and his equally radical wife, Bernardine Dohrn, hoped they could change America through violence.
“Ayers first found fame for his involvement in plots to set off explosives at the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a police station, two Army recruiting stations and a New York judge’s home while his family slept inside.”
Ayer’s wife helped to write a manifesto that had as its goal a revolution that would lead to “the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism.”
And what about her husband, Bill Ayers?:
“Ayers participated in the Days of Rage riot in Chicago in October 1969, and in December was at the ‘War Council’ meeting in Flint, Michigan. Two major decisions came out of the ‘War Council.’ The first was to immediately begin a violent, armed struggle (e.g., bombings and armed robberies) against the state without attempting to organize or mobilize a broad swath of the public. The second was to create underground collectives in major cities throughout the country. Larry Grathwohl, a Federal Bureau of Investigation informant in the Weatherman group from the fall of 1969 to the spring of 1970, stated that ‘Ayers, along with Bernardine Dohrn, probably had the most authority within the Weatherman.’”
Ayers and Dohrn learned a big lesson during their days as second-rate violent revolutionaries: You can’t change a society through violence. Societies are changed by patiently and peacefully capturing and re-imaging our nation’s institutions, and they’ve done it. We’ve been fighting an outdated war. We fought against Communism abroad while our domestic institutions were gradually taken over.
Ayers rejected the older revolutionary model and adopted the program outlined by Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937). To change the culture, Gramsci argued, “would require a ‘long march through the institutions’—the arts, cinema, theater, schools, colleges, seminaries, newspapers, magazines, and the new electronic medium [of the time], radio.”1
Gramsci supplied the road map, and liberals like Ayers, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama followed the sign posts.
“If we want change to come, we would do well not to look at the sites of power we have no access to; the White House, the Congress, the Pentagon,” Bill Ayers said. “We have absolute access to the community, the school, the neighborhood, the street, the classroom, the workplace, the shop, the farm.”
There’s the admission: Ayers and his ideological associates already have control, and we are the ones being controlled. The rest is mopping up.
Here’s the contact information for the Association of Teacher Educators if you would like to lodge your disapproval (be cordial):
The Association of Teacher Educators
11350 Random Hills Dr., Suite 800
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 595-4792 (f)
- Patrick J. Buchanan, Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization (New York: St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books, 2001), 77. [↩]