Thursday, January 27, 2011

Who is Frances Fox Piven?

Francis Fox Piven in Better Days, Shows Off Her Legs for the Camera
Frances Fox Piven is a far-left activist and a professor of political science and sociology at the City University of New York.  This past week a far left online publication, The Nation, strenuously objected to Glenn Beck's criticisms of Piven, stating that these criticisms had resulted in a flood of insulting and threatening email to Piven.

Leftwing pundits and propagandists then rushed to Piven's defense, describing her as a "frail, 78-year-old-knitting grandmother" who has been bullied by Glenn Beck fans.  Boo hoo!

The truth is that Piven is a long-time political radical who has sought to bankrupt the country in order to end capitalism and collapse the system, so that a socialist system can be built on the rubble.  According to Discover the Networks:
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. 
 The Cloward-Piven strategy has been called one of "orchestrated crisis."  It was used to bankrupt the city of New York in 1975.  There have been a number of pundits who have theorized that Obama's destruction of the U.S. economy is deliberate.  The Cloward-Piven strategy of "orchestrated crisis" gives credence to this position.  In fact, David Horowitz has just published a pamphlet that alleges this is Obama's true goal.  It's called "Breaking the System" and can be purchased online for $3.00.

More recently, Frances Piven has called for nationwide strikes on the level of the violent demonstrations in Greece, and this was what annoyed Glenn Beck to publicly denounce Piven.  Piven wrote:
Local protests have to accumulate and spread—and become more disruptive— to create serious pressures on national politicians. 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.
Piven thus openly called for riots as a way to deal with our damaged economy.  She reveals herself as a radical who is profoundly divorced from reality.  Throwing temper tantrums may have gotten her goodies from her parents back in the day, but government is not your parent, and it has no income to redistribute except that which it takes from citizens through taxation.  And, if an economy is destroyed, there are no goodies to redistribute.

Piven is said to be a mentor of Obama as well as a follower of Saul Alinsky, the famous radical organizer who wrote "Rules for Radicals."

The Washington Examiner has its own article today on the question, "Who is Frances Fox Piven?"  Read it here.


JMK said...

Andrew Cloward and Frances Piven are 2 Ivory Tower dolts.

In the REAL world;

1) When financial crises occur governments layoff workers and cut back on some social (anti-poverty) spending to fund more general forms (like unemployment)....they do that by raising the eligibility requirements and lowering the benefits for anti-poverty recipients.

2) MOST IMPORTANTLY since we DON'T HAVE CAPITALISM (we've had Corporatism - a business/government partnership since 1912) even IF "the current welfare system could be overloaded and collapsed that would prove the "failure of the welfare state" and Corporatism and almost certainly result in a return to the most dog-eat-dog ("Wild West") Capitalism that built America into the economic powerhouse it's become.

The ONLY people who don't realize that are delusional nitwits like Cloward, Piven, Mark Rudd, who aren't ever nearly as smart as they think they are.

The "Cloward-Piven strategy" is not only unworkable, but it would prove the failure of socialism/the welfare state NOT of Capitalism.

As good Ol' Bugs Bunny would say, "What a bunch of marones!"

Stogie said...

JMK, Bugs would say "What a bunch of maroons!" I think the Marones were some kind of rock band back in the day.

Always On Watch said...

Piven is said to be a mentor of Obama

Of course.

How few liberals (not counting leftists in that group) have a clue about the Obama connection to Piven!

Stogie said...

AOW, the connection certainly sheds light on Obama's high prices for energy policies, his loading unsustainable debt on future generations. At the very least, he doesn't care if he ruins America, because, "if you want to make an omelette you have to break some eggs."