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Watch the entire debate here between Dinesh D’Souza and Bill Ayers.
Dinesh D'Souza was born in Mumbai, India, and came to the U.S. as an exchange student, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983. His academic success led to a position as a former policy analyst in the Reagan White House. Since then, D’Souza has had a 25-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual. D’Souza also served as John M. Olin Fellow at theAmerican Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He served as the president of The King’s College in New York City from 2010 to 2012. D'Souza is perhaps best known for his popular film, called “2016: Obama’s America,” which has risen to the second-highest all-time political documentary, passing Michael Moore’s Sicko and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. In addition, 2016 has risen to #6 on the bestselling list of all documentaries.
D’Souza has been named one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers by the New York Times Magazine. The World Affairs Council lists him as one of the nation’s 500 leading authorities on international issues, and Newsweek cited him as one of the country’s most prominent Asian-Americans.
Bill Ayers devoted his time to his "activism. " He was among the demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Developing a more militant version of the SDS, Ayers helped found the Weathermen a group that in 1969, the Weathermen took to the streets in what was called the “Days of Rage” protests. The event started off with the bombing of a statue in Chicago’s Haymarket Square and then erupted into a clash between the group members and the police. During the conflict, 287 Weathermen were arrested.
Later that year, the group took responsibility for bombing several police cars in Chicago in retaliation for the killing of Mark Clark and Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party by the police. By early 1970, many members of the group were in hiding, including Ayers. The organization was rocked by tragedy in March of that year when three members—Theodore Gold, Terry Robbins, and Ayers’ girlfriend Diana Oughton—were killed while making bombs in New York City.
Even after these deaths, the group remained active. Ayers participated in the 1971 bombing of the Capitol building and the 1972 bombing of the Pentagon. He remained underground for a decade. While on the run, Ayers became involved with fellow Weather Underground member Bernardine Dorhn.