Larry Grathwohl has passed away.
When I was in high school, I read Larry’s book, Bringing Down America: An FBI Informer With the Weathermen. I got it out of the Poughkeepsie public library.
And it changed the way I felt about the Sixties radicals that my teachers, and much of society, wanted me to admire.
Many years later, I was honored to meet Larry at a conference sponsored by Cliff Kincaid of America’s Survival.
I was also honored to re-release Larry’s book this year, and we spent some time on the road in Florida introducing the book, and Larry, to new audiences.
Here is the last paragraph of Larry’s book:
The Weathermen’s government will be one of total control over each individual in the society. In Weathermen terminology, this new society will be “one people working in total unity.” This means an elimination of all the individual freedoms we are accustomed to having; it was my absolute belief in the freedoms offered by our form of government that drove me to fight the Weathermen in the first place. Even though I am no longer in the underground movement where I could help prevent violence before it happened, as in Dayton, Detroit, Madison, and Buffalo, while creating as much disunity as possible, I am still working against Weathermen and other radical conspiracies. Their way of life is not mine.
Larry was a sweet and decent and very wise man. He risked his life to protect us from murderous adolescent Marxists like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Doubtlessly there would be family members of police and soldiers who would be without their loved ones tonight if Larry had not infiltrated the Weather Underground and exposed their crimes.
Many of us are in shock tonight.