VIDEO: Bill Ayers Tells Leftists Their Power Is in Schools

VIDEO: Bill Ayers Tells Leftists Their Power Is in Schools
December 13, 2012

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann (jpullmann@heartland.org) is a research fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)
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Former President Obama grillout buddy and self-described communist Bill Ayers came out this month to discuss how leftists can mold America to their liking: through access to schools.

Ayers is famous for, in 1969, helping found Weather Underground, a self-described communist revolutionary group that bombed public buildings including police stations, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Capitol to provoke social unrest. Ayers also directed a school that allowed no grades or report cards in an effort to discourage competition.

A 1973 book Ayers coauthored was dedicated to Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Robert Kennedy. He has spoken and written frequently on education and assisted former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley in reshaping the city's schools in the 1990s.

Sol Stern has written in City Journal: "Calling Bill Ayers a school reformer is a bit like calling Joseph Stalin an agricultural reformer."

In this video, obtained by EAGnews.org, Ayers gives leftists advice on how to change the country from "movements on the ground."

"If we want change to come, we would do well not to look at the sites of power we have no access to..." Ayers says. "We have absolute access to the community, the school, the neighborhood, the street, the classroom, the workplace, the farm, the shop."

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann (jpullmann@heartland.org) is a research fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)