New York Times: Leave Frances Fox Piven Alone!

Poor Frances Fox Piven. As one of the  authors of the Cloward Piven strategy, she has had to endure no small amount of grief from Glenn Beck and his drooling minions, and the NYT’s Steve Benen *Brian Stelter wants it to stop.

After all, Glenn Beck was only a toddler when Piven engaged in these despicable acts:

First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.

Inspired by the August 1965 riots in the black district of Watts in Los Angeles (which erupted after police had used batons to subdue an African American man suspected of drunk driving), Cloward and Piven published an article titled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty” in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation. Following its publication, The Nation sold an unprecedented 30,000 reprints. Activists were abuzz over the so-called “crisis strategy” or “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” as it came to be called. Many were eager to put it into effect.

In their 1966 article, Cloward and Piven charged that the ruling classes used welfare to weaken the poor; that by providing a social safety net, the rich doused the fires of rebellion. Poor people can advance only when “the rest of society is afraid of them,” Cloward told The New York Times on September 27, 1970. Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, wrote Cloward and Piven, activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then would “the rest of society” accept their demands.

Stelter, writing in the Media and Advertising section of the NYTs writes:

On his daily radio and television shows, Glenn Beck has elevated once-obscure conservative thinkers onto best-seller lists. Recently, he has elevated a 78-year-old liberal academic to celebrity of a different sort, in a way that some say is endangering her life.

Frances Fox Piven, a City University of New York professor, has been a primary character in Mr. Beck’s warnings about a progressive take-down of America. Ms. Piven, Mr. Beck says, is responsible for a plan to “intentionally collapse our economic system.”

Her name has become a kind of shorthand for “enemy” on Mr. Beck’s Fox News Channel program, which is watched by more than 2 million people, and on one of his Web sites, The Blaze. This week, Mr. Beck suggested on television that she was an enemy of the Constitution.

Never mind that Ms. Piven’s radical plan to help poor people was published 45 years ago, when Mr. Beck was a toddler. Anonymous visitors to his Web site have called for her death, and some, she said, have contacted her directly via e-mail.
In response, a liberal nonprofit group, the Center for Constitutional Rights, wrote to the chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, on Thursday to ask him to put a stop to Mr. Beck’s “false accusations” about Ms. Piven.

“Mr. Beck is putting Professor Piven in actual physical danger of a violent response,” the group wrote.

Reading  the NYTs piece, you get the impression that 45 years later, Piven is a mellowed out  grandmotherly type who may have a vague recollection of some wacky  scheme to “intentionally collapse our economic system” (LOL!), but goodness gracious me! Those were the crazy sixties!  How long does she has to suffer for one silly idea!

What?! This very same woman is still talking about revolution, you say?!  And as of this year,1/2011 in The Nation Magazine?

In a chilling and almost unbelievable editorial again in The Nation (”Mobilizing the Jobless,” January 10/17, 2011 edition), she calls on the jobless to rise up in a violent show of solidarity and force. As before, those calls are dripping with language of class struggle. Language she and her late husband Richard Cloward made popular in the 60s.

“So where are the angry crowds, the demonstrations, sit-ins and unruly mobs?” she writes. “After all, the injustice is apparent. Working people are losing their homes and their pensions while robber-baron CEOs report renewed profits and windfall bonuses. Shouldn’t the unemployed be on the march? Why aren’t they demanding enhanced safety net protections and big initiatives to generate jobs?” [Emphasis added]

Those are the questions that frame what can best be called a roadmap for revolution. And it’s not long before those questions give way to directions. The first instruction: get angry.

***

An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union, or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees. [Emphasis added]

Stelter continues with this bit of disingenuous claptrap – Frances Fox Piven? Never even heard of her:

If you’ve never heard of Frances Fox Piven, don’t feel bad. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I hadn’t either. Apparently she wrote some radical stuff about poor people and political activism in 1966, and the voices in Beck’s head tell him this is important and relevant in 2011, never mind the fact that the vast majority of liberals haven’t read her work and have no idea who she is.

This video from a few months ago, has over 34,000 views; Stelter apparently not one of them:

‘It is ok to use violence as long as it is a BIG part of your strategy’

Why does this woman no-one’s ever heard of keep saying such inflammatory things?

OH! Here she is in 1993 at the signing ceremony for the horrendous “Motor Voter” law which she helped craft with her hubby during the eighties:

Cloward and Piven were the ones who crafted Motor Voter legislation in the early 1980s and pushed for its enactment until 1993, when President Clinton signed it into law.

Cloward and Piven considered Motor Voter to be their crowning, lifetime achievement.

The Motor Voter Law has, of course, greatly facilitated voter fraud over the years.

Steve Benen claims Beck is making Piven out to be an “imaginary villain” from his “unhealthy imagination” in The Washington Monthly:

Glenn Beck doesn’t just rail against perceived enemies, whom he considers dangerous villains who must be stopped; he also chooses obscure enemies he considers worthy of his rage.

It’s one of the many oddities of Beck’s bizarre message. The condemnations of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are predictable, but Beck sees imaginary patterns and conspiracies involving figures most Americans neither know nor care about: Van Jones, Frances Fox Piven, George Soros, Saul Alinsky, the Tides Foundation, etc.

In Beck’s unhealthy imagination, each are nefarious players in a plot to destroy you and everything you hold dear. Sane people don’t see the danger, Beck says, but that only proves the point — the mentally healthy are probably in on it.

You know what he really means…?

It’s one of the many oddities problems we have with Beck’s bizarre honest message. The condemnations of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are predictable, hurting the cause, but Beck sees imaginary patterns and conspiracies involving figures most Americans neither are not supposed to know nor care about: Van Jones, Frances Fox Piven, George Soros, Saul Alinsky, the Tides Foundation, etc.

Yes…they want you to believe that Van Jones, Piven, Soros, Alinsky are products of Beck’s fevered imagination. Never mind that all of the above were on many of our radars  years before Glenn Beck ever started talking about them. Yes, Mr. Benen…believe it or not, Glenn Beck is not the first person to engage in this coo-coo crazy connecting-of-dots behavior. Former sixties radical, David Horowitz, for one, has first hand knowledge of how the left operates, sees those same “patterns”, and has discovered the networks. The cat is out of the bag.

There are more Americans than ever paying attention to how the left operates, and apparently they don’t very much like it.

So the strategy is to attack our perceived leaders – the Becks, the Palins, the Limbaughs – to delegitimize them in the minds of the ignorant – those dwindling numbers of  “normal” people who don’t pay much attention to politics and have never heard of Frances Fox Piven.

Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it etc, etc, etc…This week the target  is Glenn Beck!

But what am I talking about? I’m sure Benen has never heard of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, either..

See Also:

The Blaze for the most recent Piven mutterings: Globalization Destruction: Piven Gleefully ‘Hopes’ and Explains How Countries Like China Can Shut Down USA and Bring Revolutionary Transformation

RELATED: (sort of), because this is the sort of thing Beck has been warning about:

Jack Cashill, The American Thinker: Left wing climate of hate and assassination

Successful propaganda is composed of equal parts deception and suppression, and the apparatchiks in the mainstream media are much better at the latter.

They may have erred in pushing the Arizona assassination attempt beyond its ideological limits last week, but they succeeded brilliantly a few months earlier in suppressing news of a nearly lethal attempt by a genuine leftist.

In September 2010 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to speak at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City.
At some point, wearing black clothes and a bullet-proof vest, 22 year-old Casey Brezik bolted out of a classroom, knife in hand, and slashed the throat of a dean.  As he would later admit, he confused the dean with Nixon.

The story never left Kansas City.  It is not hard to understand why.  Knives lack the political sex appeal of guns, and even Keith Olbermann would have had a hard time turning Brezik into a Tea Partier.

Indeed, Brezik seems to have inhaled just about every noxious vapor in the left-wing miasma: environmental extremism, radical Islam, anti-capitalism, anti-Zionism and Christophobia, among others.


In his “About Me” box on Facebook, Brezik listed as his favorite quotation one from progressive poster boy, Che Guevara. The quote begins “Our every action is a battle cry against imperialism” and gets more belligerent from there.

Hat tip: American Power: New York Times Whitewashes Marxist Revolutionary Frances Fox Piven

*CORRECTION:

I originally misattributed the NYT’s piece to Steve Benen, the author of the Washington Monthly piece. Thanks to Thomas for pointing that out.

See Also:

Cold Fury:You dangerous WINGNUTTZZ!™ need to stop telling the truth about us!

John at Powerline: The Left’s Tucson Strategy: Stage Two

Patterico: Glenn Beck’s Warning More Prescient Than Previously Realized, But Let’s Shut Him Up Anyway

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

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32 thoughts on “New York Times: Leave Frances Fox Piven Alone!

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  2. She’s such a ‘nice Communist’, still trying to incite violence to bring down our American system.
    I literally just shake my head at the twisted thinking of these people.
    Too many of us are awake, informed and engaged now so they have to up their authoritarian demands to shut us up and stop us. News Flash: NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

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  3. beck is hated because he exposes the LEFT and their agenda. Sometimes he behaves in little silly ways–that these are his mannerisms. Behind these are real truths about who is doing what in the LEFT. That is what the NYT and their ilk hate. I say: Go Beck!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. It always amazes me that these people can dish it out but can’t take it. Seems a dose of their own medicine tastes bittersweet.

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  5. Steve Benen really needs to start using LexisNexis and the ProQuest databases. Jeez, I did a simple search for “Frances Fox Piven” on ProQuest and got 499 possible hits going back decades. Even more scary, half of those hits were related to mentions of Fox-Piven, or citations of her scribblings, in master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. Truly “Exhibit A” in proving that the biggest success story for many universities has been their ability to crank out brain-dead leftist Ph.D.’s.

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  6. I don’t believe Benen is really that ignorant. He believes most of his readers are, however. That NYT’s article just goes to shows you how much respect he has for them.

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  7. Agreed, but are you really going to justify the comments on The Blaze? Fill her with lead? Email her and call her a cunt? We are BETTER than than. I hate what she stands for, but really:
    – “Somebody tell Frances I have 5000 roundas [sic] ready and I’ll give My life to take Our freedom back,”
    – “ONE SHOT…ONE KILL!”
    – “The only redistribution I am interested in is that of a precious metal…. LEAD,” declared Patriot1952.

    Lets fight ideas with ideas.

    Also it’s Brian Stelter, not Steve Benen. If we want to be taken seriously, we should also do our homework.

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  8. I deplore her, but I want any one of the commenters to make an intelligent case that death threats and the tone of that message board are okay. Or that its okay they scrubbed it right away.

    I like this site because you all are thoughtful commenters – but god help us, “die you cunt?”

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  9. I think we are better than that, which is why I strongly suspect astroturf on some or all of those. One of the first comments here was “string her up”, which I promptly deleted. I don’t think that came from a conservative. The Blaze needs to monitor its site better – comments like those shouldn’t be allowed to stand. It makes the site look bad – which I think is the intent.

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  10. I think their comment policy is their own business.

    When you censor them, it doesn’t mean that they didn’t happen. Although I wouldn’t say those things, and I’m aware that we have standards here, I really don’t like the idea of deciding the message is delegitimzed by the reader.

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  11. And thanks for pointing out the author of the NYTs piece. For some reason I thought the WA Monthly and NYTs piece were by the same guy instead of two different dishonest lamos.

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  12. For some reason I thought the WA Monthly and NYTs piece were by the same guy instead of two different dishonest lamos.

    You were probably right after all. Have you ever seen Benen and Stelter in the same place at the same time?

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  14. How weird. The comment that finally posted at 11:53 pm was sent before the one I posted t 8:29. I was having ‘puter problems, so I just wrote another comment, (the 8:29 one).

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  15. >>If you’ve never heard of Frances Fox Piven, don’t feel bad. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I hadn’t either. Apparently she wrote some radical stuff about poor people and political activism in 1966, and the voices in Beck’s head tell him this is important and relevant in 2011, never mind the fact that the vast majority of liberals haven’t read her work and have no idea who she is.

    There’s a very important distinction that needs to be made between liberals and radicals. Alinsky, the real grandfather of this garbage, had no use for liberals and said as much in his writings. He considered them useful idiots at best.

    Radicals were what he was after. Radicals who would live the lifestyle and take action not just talk as so many liberals do.

    Obama and his cabal aren’t liberals. They are radicals following in the communist inspired game plan of Alinsky and Cloward – Piven.

    Nice post, Deb.

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  16. Hard to say. I try to never underestimate the lack of knowledge of the average NY Times reporter.

    But the idea that she and her husband are unknown to their fellow travelers is absurd.

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