Newsletter #178 – Tennessee ACLU: the Left’s Biggest Hypocrite (part 3 of 5)Posted: July 27, 2015
The child of communist sympathizers comes to Nashville
Hedy Weinberg has served as the Executive Director of the TN-ACLU since 1984. She came to Nashville from her native Chicago with her husband Dan Cornfield, a sociology professor at Vanderbilt University.
Hedy’s father, Arthur Weinberg, was a Chicago historian and author. His obituary says that he served as president of the socialist Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organization. Also known as the “Wobblies,” the IWW was a radical labor union started in Chicago in the early 1900’s dedicated to opposing capitalism (which may explain why members migrated to the Communist party once the Wobblies’ influence started to decline). ACLU founding member and Executive Director, Roger Baldwin was also a member of the Wobblies.
Arthur Weinberg, who described himself as a “philosophical anarchist,” allied with Emma Goldman, a central figure in the global anarchist movement. He attended Goldman’s funeral and afterwards, reported details of the event for the “Project,” an initiative to collect, catalogue and publish her writings.
Hedy’s mother, Lila Weinberg, also knew Goldman and claimed she knew Goldman’s lover, Ben Reitman, “better than his daughters did.”
When you look at Hedy Weinberg’s genealogy, the ACLU is a natural fit for her. But
Weinberg profiles more like the establishment whose values and morality she so loudly claims to oppose.
Never one to avoid hypocrisy, Weinberg moralizes comfortably from an expensive Green Hills neighborhood, in a $400,000 plus home located a short ride from the expensive private school her daughter attended. Her daughter also attended an expensive private college.
Hedy is a member of The Temple, a Jewish congregation in Nashville that takes its “politics as religion” seriously, both as a leading TNT congregation and as a supporter of the red-green alliance. In a show of his leftist bona fides, senior rabbi, Mark Schiftan employed as his personal secretary Kathleen Smietana, wife of former Tennessean reporter and Islamist apologist Bob Smietana. Then, aping the freedom bus riders, the rabbi took his congregation to the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
Likewise predictable and equally pathetic, Hedy has molded her only child into a mini-me. Hannah Cornfield’s resume includes working as an Obama field organizer, tweeting out support for the virulently anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace and the more typical elitist white socialist anti-capitalist messages.
Yes Hannah, the same capitalist structure that enabled your parents to send you to an expensive private school and expensive private college.
Hedy teaches community organizing and focuses her efforts on high school students who even have their own youth activist handbook. Her husband, Dan Cornfield, a Vanderbilt University teacher, leads workshops like “Becoming a Change Agent,” at the Highlander Center for Research & Education, for college age students.
“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”
The Highlander Center
In 1932, Myles Horton, co-founded and served as director of the Highlander Folk School. First located in Monteagle, Tennessee the school was shut down by the state. The school was renamed the Highlander Research and Education Center, moved to Knoxville and in 1971 made one last move to New Market, Tennessee where it is located today. The school’s founders modeled Highlander after socialist training centers they visited in Denmark.
Horton believed that the Appalachian poor were being taken advantage of by the wealthy capitalist elites. Anti-capitalism and Horton’s experience helping labor to unionize and strike, expanded his ideas about “social justice” and his desire to create radical activists who would change the social, economic and political order of the South.
Highlander has worked to imbed socialist ideology and a resistance-to-the-status-quo in the most impressionable and accessible participants – the college-age young adult who Alinsky claimed only wanted to reject the middle-class lifestyle their parents had worked to achieve and which supported the comfortable lifestyles and college tuitions of these young Alinsky radicals. These were the change-agents-in-waiting that Alinsky said were looking for “a way of life that has some meaning or sense.”
Transforming Nashville in their image?
Hedy and her husband are recognized supporters of Highlander and have relied on the same tactics taught there in helping to launch “Nashville For All of Us” and “Nashville Next” discussed in part 4. They promote these community-based organizing projects that promise to bring social salvation to all after the existing power base is destroyed and the economic and social relationships are re-ordered.
Alinsky wrote in Rules for Radicals, that “[t]he organizer is in a true sense reaching for the highest level for which man can reach – to create, to be a ‘great creator,’ to play God.”