Another Communist In Obama's Orb
|Campus Watch blog
says that with
what little media oxygen there has been sucked out by the largely
uninformative discussion of Ayers (and his wife and Weather Underground
ally, Bernadine Dohrn) -- in which the mantra "unrepentant terrorist"
has been a pale substitute for the critical matter of the Ayers'
ideology that Obama plainly shares -- much has been missed.
Significantly, that includes another key Obama contact, Mike Klonsky.
Here's what you need to know. Klonsky is an unabashed
communist whose current mission is to spread Marxist ideology in the
American classroom. Obama funded him to the tune of nearly $2
million. Obama, moreover, gave Klonsky a broad platform to
broadcast his ideas: a "social justice" blog on the official Obama
communist pedigree could not be clearer. His father, Robert
Klonsky, was an American communist who was convicted in the mid-Fifties
for advocating the forcible overthrow of the United States government --
a violation of the Smith Act, anti-communist legislation ultimately
gutted by the Supreme Court. In the Sixties, Klonsky the younger
teamed with Ayers, Dohrn, Jones and other young radicals to form the
Students for a Democratic Society. It was out of the SDS that
Ayers, Dohrn and Jones helped found the Weatherman terrorist group.
Klonsky took a different path, albeit one that led inexorably
to a new partnership with Ayers, which Obama mightily helped underwrite.
Upon splitting off from the SDS, Klonsky formed a Maoist organization,
first known as the
October League, which ultimately became the
Communist Party (Marxist Leninist).
Klonsky was CP(ML)'s chairman. He was so highly thought of by
Mao's regime that he was among the first Americans invited to visit
Communist China. When he was feted there in 1977, a year after Mao's
death, the communist leadership hailed Klonsky's party as "reflecting
the aspirations of the proletariat and working people."
Klonsky was a regular guest of the Chicoms until 1981, when
the relationship soured over the post-Mao leadership's free-market
reforms. (Yes, Klonsky is apparently more committed to communism
than China's own Communist Party). So what was a Leftist radical
without platform to do? Why, what else? He became an
American college professor specializing in education.
After getting his doctorate, Klonsky eventually made his way
to Chicago and hooked up with his old SDS comrade (and self-professed
"small ‘c' communist") Bill Ayers. Together, they co-founded the
Small Schools Workshop in 1991. The goal -- as Ayers has
repeatedly made clear, most prominently in a 2006 speech before Hugo
Chavez at an education forum in Caracas -- is to bring the same Leftist
revolution that has always galvanized them into the classroom.
The concept may be called small schools, but Klonsky and
Ayers uniquely grasp the force-multiplier effect. In a small class, the
teacher preaching the "social justice" gospel that American capitalism
is a racist, materialist, imperialist cauldron of injustice can have
greater impact on the students he seeks to mold into his conception of
the "good citizen" -- and on the teachers he is teaching to be
preachers. Writing trenchantly about how this system of "critical
pedagogy" short-changes the basic education needs of disadvantaged
children, the City Journal's Sol Stern observes that theorists like
Klonsky and Ayers:
...nurse a rancorous view of an America in
which it is always two minutes to midnight and a knock on the door
by the thought police is imminent. The education professors feel
themselves anointed to use the nation's K-12 classrooms to resist
this oppressive system. Thus … teachers [are urged] not to mince
words with children about the evils of the existing social order.
They should portray "homelessness as a consequence of the private
dealings of landlords, an arms buildup as a consequence of corporate
decisions, racial exclusion as a consequence of a private
In other words, they should turn the little ones into
young socialists and critical theorists.
Klonsky himself confirms that this is precisely the goal (italics
[S]uccessful social justice education ensures
that teachers strike a balance between debating sociopolitical
problems that affect children's lives and teaching them academic
basics on which they will be tested. A science teacher can
plant an urban garden, allowing students to learn about plant
biology, the imbalance in how fresh produce is distributed and how
that affects the health of community residents. An English
teacher can explore misogyny or materialism in American culture
through the lens of hip-hop lyrics. Or as Rico Gutstein, a
professor of mathematics education at the University of Illinois,
Chicago, suggests, a math teacher can run probability simulations
using real data to understand the dynamics behind income inequality
or racial profiling. These are "examples of lessons where you
can really learn the math basics," he says, "but the purpose of
learning the math actually becomes an entree into, and a deeper
understanding of, the political ramifications of the issue."
When Obama and Ayers collaborated together on the
Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) education-reform project, with Obama
chairing the board that oversaw funding decisions, CAC underwrote the
Klonsky/Ayers Small Schools Workshop with a whopping $1,056,162.
And that's not all. Nearly another million dollars was steered to
the Small Schools Workshop by the Joyce and Woods Funds when Obama sat
on their boards. The grand total comes to $1,968,718.
Furthermore, as education remains one of Obama's core areas
of concern -- a fact that should frighten you -- he gave Klonsky a
microphone during the campaign. On the Obama campaign's official
website, Klonsky ran a blog for the candidate, as Klonsky put it, on
"education politics and teaching for social justice." He ran it,
that is, until blogger Steve Diamond called attention to it back in
June. A that point, the campaign scrubbed the site of all Klonsky
traces -- a fitting Stalinesque purge, described by Diamond here (and
reminiscent of similar efforts to erase the campaign's false claims
about Obama's relationship with ACORN).
Of course, "What has been will be again, what has been done will
be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." John Stuart
Mill called conservatives "the stupid party." For countless
American intellectuals, including many eventual giants of the Right,
disdain for bourgeois values led to a ruinous infatuation with the
Soviet Union -- the audacity of their hope for perfecting mankind
blinding them to the unremitting misery wrought by communist ideology.
In 1951, the legendary liberal Supreme Court Justice William
O. Douglas insisted that, though communism might be a threat abroad, the
movement in this country was a mere "bogeyman" that had been "thoroughly
exposed" and "crippled as a political force." We now know that
even as he wrote those words, communists had covertly infiltrated the
U.S. government at high levels and that, as a political force, the
movement was just getting started. The Klonskys and Ayers were still on
Now today's elites,
including some prominent conservative intellectuals, thumb their noses
once again at the stupid party. They look longingly at the
putatively cerebral Obama, a fit more to their liking even if his
politics are, they hope, just a tad wayward. But the Leftist
revolutionaries are under no such illusions. In Obama, they see
the fulfillment of their dreams to remake America. As Klonsky has
explained, "My own support for Obama is … a recognition that the Obama
campaign has become a rallying point for young activists and offers hope
for rebuilding the civil rights and antiwar coalitions that have
potential to become a real critical force in society."
So get ready for Klonsky's "social justice." It's what Barack
Obama calls "change."
|Michael Klonsky's Small School Workshop
The main stream media needs to
and cover more this Michael Klonsky fellow and his
plans for our young kids. The long-time friends of Obama are
surfacing everywhere as Czars and elsewhere. This one,
and his buddy Bill Ayers, are after re-educating
of children age 5-10.
Obama gave Klonsky a broad platform to broadcast his ideas: a
"social justice" blog on the official Obama campaign website.
This Klonsky fellow (and Ayers too)
is the hidden person who is behind Obama's plan to speak to the
young kids in the schools next week. It is part of the
Small Schools Workshop
goals launched with superficially
sounding noble motives but really geared to teaching Social Justice
and Economic Justice in the education and indoctrination of small
kids into Socialism, which
Obama worked on with Bill Ayers and Michael Klonsky in Chicago years
. Now the have the power of the Presidency and the
resources of the government to do it on an even grander scale.
See links below for more on the Obama, Klonsky, Ayers connections
and their radical wives too. They all knew each other well and
socialized often in Chicago and worked together helping each others
social justice projects. "Just some folks living in the same
neighborhood" ... NOT! Klonsky and Ayers are both self
proclaimed communists of the Maoist school. Obama was
attracted to these people all his life. Obama is one of them.
Ayers appointed Obama Chairman of the new Chicago Annenberg
Foundation. Obama then steered roughly $2,000,000 in grants to
this known and publicly declared devout Maoist Communist, and good
friend and fellow traveler, ... Michael Klonsky, on the instruction
of Bill Ayers. Klonsky, Jeffrey Jones, Bernadine Dorhn (now
Mrs. Bill Ayers), were leaders of the
in Chicago IL in the 60s.
We need to sound the alarm that Obama and cronies are now coming
out of the shadows and are now going to openly and actively go after
the indoctrination of our elementary school kids. It's been in
their plans and work for decades. Re-write the textbooks.
Re-educate the teachers. Brain-wash the kids into Social
Justice socialism. They want to teach them to serve the
"charismatic leader" and not the country. But instead of that
they should be teaching kids the history of the 30's in Europe and
national socialism and what pledging of service to the "leader"
ultimately leads to.
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