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Ron Radosh

The Rehabilitation of New Left Terrorists

April 3rd, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Ironically, in the very first issue of The Daily Beast, Tina Brown opted to open it with a tough anti-Ayers essay by Paul Berman, who called Ayers “the stupidest man in America, politically speaking; always is, always was.” To those who claimed he was just an anti-war and civil rights activist, Berman correctly wrote:

But, hey, Prof. Ayers is, in fact, an unrepentant terrorist. As for “lunatic leftist,” why, if this phrase does not apply to Ayers, it applies to no one.

Like Horowitz today, Berman concluded:

The armed left-wing movements of those years claimed to be the champions of black advancement, and yet made a point of destroying the actual black people who were advancing.

For today’s piece, Brown assigned the interview with Ayers to one Marlow Stern, who clearly knows nothing about Ayers, and hence allows him to get away with a complete whitewash of his actual record.

Ms. Stern: the Weatherman was created with a formal “Declaration of War” against “Amerikkka.” Their goal was to start a race war in the United States, which is why, in her famous speech, Dohrn made a hero of Charles Manson.

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As much as I loathe looking at their faces, I have to admit to a grudging respect. They put their lives on the line for their beliefs, and 40 years later, they're on the brink of subverting the greatest civilization known to history. They co-opted the media, academia and the entertainment industry.

I just want to understand how they succeeded.
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Communist ideas have entered the mainstream since the days of the Popular Front, though the CPUSA was comparatively mild in contrast with the New Left and its degenerates. See
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