Yesterday, Katha Pollitt posted this column at The Nation that nails Ayers' feet to the floor, all the better to puncture his self-serving rationalizations. Pollitt calls his bullshit for just what it is. Here is some of the good bit:
"Of the many thousands of people involved in the movement one way or another, only a handful thought the thing to do was to form a tiny sect and blow things up in the service of a ludicrous fantasy : ie, creating a white-youth fighting force that would join up with black nationalists, end the war and overthrow capitalism. Oh, and anyone who didn't see why that was the right,necessary and indeed only possible course of action was a sellout and a coward.
I wish Ayers would make a real apology for the harm he did to the antiwar movement and the left. Not another "regrets, I've had a few," "we were all young once," "don't forget there was a war on" exercise in self-promotion, but one that showed he actually gets it. I'd like him to say he's sorry for his part in the destruction of Students for a Democratic Society. He's sorry he helped Nixon make the antiwar movement look like the enemy of ordinary people. He's sorry for his more-radical-than-thou posturing, and the climate of apocalyptic nuttiness he helped fuel to disastrous results, of which the fatal Brinks robbery, committed by erstwhile comrades who became even crazier than Ayers' crew, was only the most notorious."
As is so often the case Pollitt single-handedly makes it worthwhile to maintain my subscription. Ayers simply cannot see that he not only took part in terrorist activity that killed people, but also undermined the progressive politics he professed to endorse.