Bill Ayers and his view of the American economy

This is the fourth in a series of posts which discuss the relationship between Barack Obama, Bill Ayers, and our national economy.To read the first entry, click here.

In this entry it will be shown that:

  • Bill Ayers’ efforts to reform the public schools are a means to achieve a larger goal.

  • The ultimate goal of Ayers is the establishment of a communist society.

  • The destruction of capitalism is a necessary step toward the communist society.

Bill Ayers’ efforts to reform the public schools are a means to achieve a larger goal.

In an earlier post, we saw that Ayers had co-authored a book on the Small School Movement. The book was described this way:

Written by major players in the small schools movement, this book points to the ways school restructuring strategies connect to the ongoing pursuit of social justice.

Note the connection between school reform and the pursuit of social justice.

After the Chicago Annenberg Challenge had finished its work, Ayers made this comment about its effectiveness:

Still, Ayers believes the Annenberg Challenge was good for Chicago “in the sense that it provoked and deepened our conscientiousness about some very important issues that go to the heart of lasting school improvement.”Did it work? … It’s like asking, ‘Did American democracy work?’ It’s a work in progress. Did it work? Not yet. Not for a lot of people.”

Ayers makes it clear that he believes American democracy has failed a large segment of its population.

The ultimate goal of Ayers is the establishment of a communist society.

Ayers made his comments about the Annenberg Challenge to a Chicago writer. The following excerpt from an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily shows that Ayers was more forthcoming while out of the country:

An idea of what Ayers has in mind for America’s schools was provided in his own words in November 2006 at the World Education Forum in Caracas hosted by dictator Hugo Chavez. With Chavez at his side, Ayers voiced his support for “the political educational reforms under way here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution. . . . I look forward to seeing how . . . all of you continue to overcome the failures of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane.”

Here we see that Ayers considers education to be a force for revolution; that a pre-revolutionary education is a capitalist education; that capitalism must be overcome and replaced with something humane.

The destruction of capitalism is a necessary step toward the communist society.

We learn about the nature of that “deeply humane something” in this Wikipedia entry:

In an interview published in 1995, Ayers characterized his political beliefs at that time and in the 1960s and 1970s: “I am a radical, Leftist, small ‘c’ communist… [Laughs] Maybe I’m the last communist who is willing to admit it. [Laughs] We have always been small ‘c’ communists in the sense that we were never in the Communist party and never Stalinists. The ethics of communism still appeal to me. I don’t like Lenin as much as the early Marx..The full interview can be found here:Chepesiuk, Ron, “Sixties Radicals, Then and Now: Candid Conversations With Those Who Shaped the Era”, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers: Jefferson, North Carolina, 1995, “Chapter 5: Bill Ayers: Radical Educator”, p. 102

Bill Ayers is a communist, a Marxist. Here is how Marx defined communism:

Communism is the positive abolition of private property, of human self-alienation, and thus the real appropriation of human nature through and for man. It is therefore the return of man himself as a social, that is really human being, a complete and concious return which assimilates all the wealth of previous development.

The above quote of Marx can be found in chapter four of Erich Fromm’s “Marx’s Concept of Man”. In a footnote, Fromm explains,

By “private property” as used here, Marx never refers to the private property of things for use (such as a house, table, etc.) Marx refers to the property of the “propertied classes”, that is, of the capitalist who, because he owns the means of production, can hire the property-less individual to work for him, under conditions the latter is forced to accept. “Private property” in Marx’s usage, then, always refers to private property within capitalist class society.


Bill Ayers finds the ethics of communism appealing because it frees man from the alienation inherent in capitalism and allows him to return to his original, really human state.

This freedom is attained in two steps. First, the industrial wealth developed by previous generations is siezed. That is, corporations are nationalized. Second, the confiscated wealth is distributed among the working classes.

To the communist mind, there is no theft in this process. The existing wealth belongs to the working classes because it was generated by their labor. It is the propertied classes, the oppressors, who are in the wrong, because they have kept the fruits of the working man’s labor for themselves.

We are now beginning to see how it is that Bill Ayers is the key to Barack Obama’s economic policy.