PIVEN: “I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States.”



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Real Clear Politics carried a video report done by Democracy Now, in which the reporter, Mike Burke (?), interviews Frances Fox Piven, who tells him, “I teach at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. I am here because I am so enthusiastic about the possibilities of this sit-in, over the marches that are occurring over postal worker issues, the sister demonstrations that are starting in Chicago and Los Angeles, and maybe in Boston. I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States.”

The report is about the demonstrations at the “Occupy Wall Street Protests,” which according to the report are going to go on indefinitely and are hoped to spark further protests throughout the country.

The News banner in the report reads: “Frances Fox Piven, Sociologist & Political Analyst, and beyond indentifying herself in the video, nothing more is shown in the clip provided.

According to an article in Wikipedia (See it Here), Piven is “an American professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she has taught since 1982…Piven was married to her long-time collaborator Richard Cloward until his death in 2001. Together with Cloward, she wrote an article in the May 1966 issue of The Nation titled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty” advocating increased enrollment in social welfare programs in order to collapse that system and force reforms, leading to a guaranteed annual income. This political strategy has been referred to as the “Cloward–Piven strategy”. During 2006/07 Piven served as the President of the American Sociological Association.”

Note: The claim that it was their intent to collapse the system is disputed by some of her colleagues.

However, Stanley Kurtz, in an article in National Review Online, January 24, 2011, quotes Piven:

“Calls for the escalation and manipulation of violent rioting have long been central to Piven’s strategy. Her 1977 book with Cloward, Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail, detailed the rationale behind the infamous crisis strategy of a decade before. The core argument is that the poor and unemployed are so isolated from the levers of power in America that their greatest potential impact is to withhold “quiescence in civil life: they can riot.”

And continues:

“At the heart of the book, Cloward and Piven luxuriously describe instances of “mob looting,” “rent riots,” and similar disruptions, egged on especially by Communist-party organizers in the 1930s. Many of those violent protests resulted in injuries. A few led to deaths. The central argument of Poor People’s Movements is that it was not formal democratic activity but violent disruptions inspired by leftist organizers that forced the first great expansion of the welfare state.”

See That Article HERE

When these protests started in Wall Street, it was speculated that the protests involved certain Tea Party elements. If anything dispels such rumors, the presence and support of Frances Fox Piven at those demonstrations, her statements and her background would certainly do so. See Story about Protests HERE.

Voice of America had the following:

“Protesters decrying corporate greed and other grievances maintained a presence in New York City’s financial district Sunday, one day after more than 700 of them were arrested as they attempted to march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

The group “Occupy Wall Street” has been camped out for two weeks. On Saturday, the Brooklyn Bridge was shut down for several hours as protesters rallied against what they said was corporate greed, social inequality and other issues.

New York police said the protesters were arrested when they broke off from the bridge’s pedestrian lane and onto the roadway, blocking traffic. The majority were issued citations for disorderly conduct and released.”

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