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Piven Calls for Violent Revolution Again

Francis Piven just did an interview for The Nation and echoed a popular sentiment from the left calling for a violent revolution.

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]

I don't like it, but I've read a history book or two. Hardly surprising there are people calling for violent overthrows in such a stressful period. I'd prefer it didn't happen...of course, I'm sitting in a heated home with more food than I need, no financial struggles, and a life that I actually enjoy waking up to in the morning. Many people are in the exact opposite situation. It can probably be a bit unnerving to the people who didn't have a table to eat at on Thanksgiving and Christmas when they hear Wall Street announce they're giving beyond unbelievable bonuses to already millionaires.

Violence is undesired, but history doesn't lie. Such movements don't particularly come as a shock.
First, this fake news is from the new vanity website of Glenn Beck, the most discredited, irresponsible clown of US politics. Second, the quote says nothing about violent overthrow, but asks why the poor people in this country are so passive, why they aren't using their democratic tools of free speech, assembly, and petitioning the government for change. What's wrong with that? In other words, why aren't the working poor doing Tea Party-type demonstrations? (Hmmm maybe because no corporate lobbyists are instigating them, unlike the Tea Party.) A related question, if the Tea Party were a legitimate grass roots movement and not beholden to the right wing and corporate interests, wouldn't they be protesting the epidemic of foreclosures, the scandalously low minimum wage, etc etc?

Do you really equate calling for a safety net with violent overthrow, or do you just believe anything Beck says?
I tend to agree with liljp617. Violence as a way to reform is a fact of history. Lots of proof by just looking at the American history of the sixties for example. I also agree, that if one finds oneself all of a sudden poor, with no job and lots of time to get angry, then history has proven that to be a fertile territory for violent uprisings. The industrial revolution is a good example.
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