"an effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece," and that "protesters need targets, preferably local and accessible ones"Instead of reporting truthfully on this, the Times has decided Beck is the bad guy. They paint her as a 78-year old liberal activist-turned-professor-incapable-of-hurting-a-fly lady who is deserving of none of this criticism.
Unfortunately for the Times, we have her calling for Greece and France like revolts just last month. Her entire activist career is based on calling for violence and overwhelming the system by the masses as a way to more or less 'get what's yours'. Right after the election of President Obama in 2008 she wrote article for The Nation entitled "Obama Needs a Protest Movement":
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.
"Sometimes, encouraged by electoral shifts and campaign promises, the ordinary people who are typically given short shrift in political calculation become volatile and unruly, impatient with the same old promises and ruses, and they refuse to cooperate in the institutional routines that depend on their cooperation. When that happens, their issues acquire a white-hot urgency, and politicians have to respond, because they are politicians. In other words, the disorder, stoppages and institutional breakdowns generated by this sort of collective action threaten politicians. These periods of mass defiance are unnerving, and many authoritative voices are even now pointing to the dangers of pushing the Obama administration too hard and too far. Yet these are also the moments when ordinary people enter into the political life of the country and authentic bottom-up reform becomes possible."While not calling for violence, these are certainly not words of someone looking to affect change through sweetness and light. This is a woman who feels like she knows how to manipulate and control the system.
As proof that Piven isn't obscure or unknown, you need only refer to the New York welfare rolls in 1975, which swelled to such a size that New York had to file bankruptcy to recover. Since then the followers of Cloward and Piven have gone to work on voter registration through groups like ACORN, Project Vote and Human SERVE-abusing the MotorVoter Laws they helped enact.
"....swamping the voter rolls with "dead wood" -- invalid registrations signed in the name of deceased, ineligible or non-existent people -- thus opening the door to the unprecedented levels of voter fraud and "voter disenfranchisement" claims that followed in subsequent elections."Using these tactics, Cloward and Piven once again saw the fruits of their work realized in the Coleman-Franken stolen election in Minnesota. Using Soros money to buy the election of the Secretary of State in 2006 and ACORN to abuse the voter registration process, they got their filibuster-proof, 60-seat Senate majority for a while.
To classify Fox Piven as someone who is old and past her prime would be to ignore someone who has great influence over the far left and radical ideas of how we should exact change in the current political environment. She is decidedly not a sweet little lady to be ignored.