American Radical

Monday, October 14, 2013

Bill Ayers, one-time leader of the Weather Underground, education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident (Beacon Press, 2013), talks about his re-emergence on the national scene during the 2008 presidential campaign.

→EVENTS: Bill Ayers' local appearances include "Book Thug Nation", an event hosted at Indie Screen, 289 Kent Ave Brooklyn on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30pm and Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 pm at B&N Upper West Side, 2289 Broadway at 82nd.


Excerpt: Public Enemy

From the book Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident. Copyright (c) 2013 by Bill Ayers. Reprinted by permission of Beacon Press. All rights reserved.



Bill Ayers

Comments [17]

Eric from Albany CA

The link for the audio file for this segment is incorrect, could you ask your web master to fix it? Thanks.

Oct. 14 2013 03:30 PM
Chill out dude

[[Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights]]

Calm down.

Oct. 14 2013 11:48 AM

Ayers affirms the right-wing meme, "Liberalism is a mental disorder."

Oct. 14 2013 11:47 AM
Edna from Manhattan

I typically love your show. I would probably be considered very liberal even in Manhattan - but I cannot listen to this man anymore. You cannot wipe clean the past damages he was involved in and listening to him is too much to bear. Being on the right side of something does not mean the ends justify the means. Just look around the world and anyone can come to that conclusion.

Oct. 14 2013 11:47 AM
Jim B

Left is left is left, and that's what he is.

Oct. 14 2013 11:47 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

Smart, articulate ... got a couple screws loose.

Oct. 14 2013 11:45 AM

@Jim B

Is terrorist bombing in your own country a 'left' thing?

Oct. 14 2013 11:42 AM

did you just ask B Ayers if we need extremists to remind us of things...and were you being ironic

Oct. 14 2013 11:40 AM
Jim B

The first truly left speaker I have heard on mainstream media in quite a while.

Oct. 14 2013 11:39 AM
Rich P from Long Island

Mr. Ayers said in one sentence that he was on the right side of events regarding the acts of the Weather Underground, but went on to say that if you feel like you know you're the one that's right, you're probably not. I would really like for him to elaborate on that.

Oct. 14 2013 11:39 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Vietnam was a "war of terror?" See what the VC were doing in Vietnam before the US sent troops there. The big mistake the US made in Vietnam was not continuing with the "COIN" or counterinsurgency operations that were assassinating VC operatives and instead turning it into a "big iron" war. That brought in the North Vietnamese Army (NVA).

Oct. 14 2013 11:38 AM

Cognitive dissonance alert:

"I regret nothing. We were on the right side of the issue"

"When you are self-righteous, your are wrong".

Oct. 14 2013 11:35 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

PLEASE ask Bill Ayers if he acknowledges that 19 Arabs, 15 from Saudi Arabia, hijacked four passenger planes on 9/11/01 and after lying to the passengers that they would be safe as long as they don't resist, flew the planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the last crashing in Shanksville PA.

Or does Bill Ayers believe that 9/11 was a [fill in your favorite 9/11 Troofer conspiracy] was the actual cause.

Oct. 14 2013 11:28 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

PLEASE ask Bill Ayers whether he still looks up to, admiringly, to sirhan sirhan.

Oct. 14 2013 10:52 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

A quote from Bill Ayers screed "Prairie Fire".

"Dedicated to Sirhan Sirhan (among others)

The following snippet is taken from the book's dedication page, and shows that the Weather Underground dedicated the book to Robert F. Kennedy's killer Sirhan Sirhan, among many other now-obscure '60s-era radicals, criminals and revolutionaries: "

Once the webpage is loaded, hit Control-F and search for "sirhan"

Oct. 14 2013 10:38 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Will Bill Ayers dedicate his latest socialist screed to the 19 hijackers of 9/11?

Oct. 14 2013 10:11 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Please ask Bill Ayers about his book "Prairie Fire", dedicated to, among others, to the assassin of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Why did he dedicate his book to the assassin????

Oct. 14 2013 09:58 AM

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