MADISON, Wis. – People are apparently tired of listening to Bill Ayers reminisce about this days as a fugitive, even in a city as liberal as Madison.
Ayers – the domestic terrorist from the 60s and self-proclaimed “small ‘c’ communist” – has been busy hawking his new book in recent weeks. He’s been making media appearances – including one with NBC News – and doing a book signing tour to boost sales and make money. What a capitalist pig!
Perhaps the crusty old radicals in towns like Madison are on to him. Perhaps those still pining for the socialist revolution are turned off by a former comrade who’s using his stories of the past to try to fluff his own financial pillow.
Whatever the case, Ayers’ scheduled appearance with the Madison Public Library Foundation has been cancelled due to a lack of interest, according to Wisconsin Reporter.
A staffer at the Madison Public Library Foundation, which scheduled the event, told Wisconsin Reporter they “didn’t have the kind of interest” they thought they’d get, so they nixed the hour long event, according to the news site.
Tickets were reportedly a meager $25 apiece.
Ayers makes numerous appearances before academics each year. His speaking fees are paid by organizations and attendees aren’t usually charged admission. Perhaps that’s why he still “attracts” audiences in the hundreds.
This should be a signal to leftist conference organizers – like the Association of Teacher Educators – that people don’t care to hear some old man fondly recall his days of plotting the overthrow of the American government.
Mary Grabar, a leading critic of Ayers, wrote:
“At a speech commemorating Kent State last May, Ayers called John McCain’s wartime service ‘murder,’ while defending the bombings he participated in as ‘property damage.’ Ayers took $1,200 from student fees at this public university while he propagandized about the 1960s alongside celebrity-radical Tom Hayden.
“So, let’s all feel sorry for the son of privilege who is collecting not only speaking fees from Illinois taxpayers, but a pension for a salary that was at least $126,000 a year.”
Ayers may be limited to his pension income soon. If he can’t even draw a crowd in Madison, where a lot of people think like him, his time on the list of noteworthy people may be over.