Zinn then suggests that students are also viable members of such a coalition:
Perhaps some peculiar combination, unpredictable at this moment, will be formed in a time of national crisis.
Change will come about, Zinn predicts:
… by tactics short of violent revolution, but far more militant than normal parliamentary procedure.
It will take systematic, persistent organizing and education, in the ghettos, in the universities, plus coordinated actions of various kinds.
The middle class was the hurdle, a la Karl Marx — until Obama’s rhetorical appeals and after decades of reeducation in the schools. Changes in immigration and the War on Poverty that placed massive numbers on welfare roles finished the job. The educators made sure that the new immigrants received an education steeped in anti-Americanism. Today, Howard Zinn’s Marxist A People’s History of the United States is assigned in high schools and college classes, and is adapted for middle school and even elementary school. Bill Ayers’ books are widely used in colleges of education, and he often speaks on college campuses.
In the Election Day postmortems, many fell into the progressive/Marxist trap. Erick Erickson wrote that Mitt Romney’s “conscious decision to blow off Hispanic voters” made Republicans sound like a party that “hates brown people.”
Ron Radosh speculated that with a “position” like that of the Wall Street Journal and most of the business community that was “more flexible and less dogmatic than the anti-immigration position of many conservatives,” Romney might have done better.
But J. Christian Adams goes back to the George W. Bush administration to make the point that “GOP Outreach to Hispanics Won’t Work.” The Left has been working hard to demonize conservatives, of all races and ethnic groups. In 1953, Communist Hugh Bradley demonized NAACP President Walter White for “red-baiting.” Last summer, Mother Jones lambasted Allen West for — guess what — “Red-baiting.”
What needs to be pointed out is how progressives, for political and personal purposes, have used these groups. We need to point out Zinn’s exploitative use of “ghetto Negroes” (by 1969, a term considered offensive). As Diana West reveals in breaking down the post-election numbers, the Obama voters were “the graduate-degreed and the uneducated; the Marxist elites and the wards (masses) of the federal state, the grand old Leninist coalition all over again.” In other words, Howard Zinn and Bill Ayers and their gullible victims.