Interesting stuff at Zombietime: William Ayers’ forgotten communist manifesto: Prairie Fire.
How is it relevant now?:
Just because Ayers tries to appear respectable now doesn’t mean that he wasn’t a violent revolutionary in the past. In fact, as the text of Prairie Fire shows, Ayers was one of the most extreme extremists in American political history. And as the links given as the end of this essay will prove, Ayers is just as politically radical now as he was back then. He has never renounced the political views he professed in the 1960s and 1970s. The only difference is that now he no longer commits violence to achieve his goals. After his stint as the leader of the Weather Underground, he shifted to a different tactic: to spread his ideology under the aegis of academia. But the goal remains the same: to turn America into a communist nation. Ayers’ contemporary writings contain many of the same ideas (and even the same phrases) found in Prairie Fire, just toned down to make them more palatable in polite society.
BTW, the book is dedicated a whole bunch of radicals. Among them is Sirhan Bishara Sirhan – the Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin. Sirhan is now rotting away in a prison somewhere in California. His next parole hearing is in 2011. Will Obama the Compassionate set him free?