Francis Scott Piven rings in the New Year by calling for violent revolution

Glenn Beck managed to get a copy of the upcoming issue of The Nation. She may be in for a surprise as to who is prepared to “rise up”. I had thought this fine couple had bitten the dust. Apparently Frances thinks the time has come to speak out once again. Here tis from the Blaze:

She’s considered by many as the grandmother of using the American welfare state to implement revolution. Make people dependent on the government, overload the government rolls, and once government services become unsustainable, the people will rise up, overthrow the oppressive capitalist system, and finally create income equality. Collapse the system and create a new one. That‘s the simplified version of Frances Fox Piven’sphilosophy originally put forth in the pages of The Nationin the 60s.

Now, as the new year ball drops, Piven is at it again, ringing in 2011 with renewed calls for revolution.

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]

“[B]efore people can mobilize for collective action, they have to develop a proud and angry identity and a set of claims that go with that identity,” she writes. “They have to go from being hurt and ashamed to being angry and indignant.”

And along with anger must come a denunciation of personal responsibility. Instead, workers must realize that others have put them in their current, uneasy situation: “[T]he out-of-work have to stop blaming themselves for their hard times and turn their anger on the bosses, the bureaucrats or the politicians who are in fact responsible.”

Only then, once their rage has been properly stoked, can the angry take action. And when they do, sh says, the “protesters need targets.” Read more here from the Blaze


18 Responses to “Francis Scott Piven rings in the New Year by calling for violent revolution”

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  5. Sid Guill Says:

    What happened to our more civil tone the President talked about. ?


  6. ron415 Says:

    What do advocates for the overthrow of capitalism realistically expect to gain in the long run? Isn’t it quite obvious by now that communism, socialism and all other forms of Utopia … just … don’t … work!!!


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  8. patriot Says:

    This women is as decrepid as her beliefs. I can appreciate that everyone must have an agenda. However this woman is by far what this country does not need now. TO preach violence takes this country backwards. She is an old angr woman that never got over her acid triips of the 60’s and 70’s. Believe if I was of age in the 60’s I would have stood against viet name. Johnson was an asshole. she basically carried her anger and belief all though her life.


    • bunkerville Says:

      But she has heirs that are spouting her rhetoric. A new generation of radicals have been born who are carrying out her mission. Thanks for stopping by.


  9. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    Freedom of speech means that even idiots can speak-out.


  10. Always On Watch Says:


    When is Piven going to dry up and blow away?


  11. Steve Dennis Says:

    She backs Obama, I think that says all we need to know about Obama!


  12. Jason Tyne Says:

    There’s a huge difference between angry/unruly and violence. Did she really call for violent action?


    • bunkerville Says:

      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.
      Take a look at the vid. Then look at the Vid


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