Back in those quaint days when KGB-supported communist subversives planning to overthrow a republic had to meet in secret to discuss their operations, William Ayers and his chums reportedly opined that during the post-revolutionary period of normalization, approximately twenty-five million Americans (ten percent) would have to be executed. Today, however, I have good news: that number may now be reassessed at as low as ten million, which, when one factors in the increase in the overall American population since the original estimate was made, suggests as much as a seventy percent savings in the government’s stockpile of ammunition. There’s a spending reduction we can all applaud.
To refresh your memory, Mr. Ayers — now Dr. Ayers, of course — while a leader of the youth outreach program known as the Weather Underground, was asked by one of his cohorts, FBI informant Larry Grathwohl, about the contingencies of power should the group actually succeed in its revolutionary activities. Specifically, Grathwohl asked what might be done with that minority of the adult population that would continue to resist communism even after it had been so eloquently justified through the violent seizure of power.
The young Renaissance man — author of the brilliantly-reasoned dope fantasy Prairie Fire, and later of some prominent works on teaching social justice to toddlers, a comic book, and one Harvard Law graduate’s autobiography — deigned to answer Grathwohl’s question earnestly. “For those who continue to cling to their Bibles and their guns,” he said — oh, wait a minute, that was the Harvard Law graduate. What actually happened, according to Grathwohl, was this:
They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter-revolution, and they felt that this counter-revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing re-education centers in the southwest, where we would take all the people who needed to be re-educated into the new way of thinking….
I asked, “Well what is going to happen to those people that we can’t re-educate, that are diehard capitalists?” And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated; and when I pursued this further they estimated that they would have to eliminate twenty-five million people in these re-education centers — and when I say “eliminate,” I mean kill; twenty-five million people…. And they were dead serious.