Canadian-born ultra-radical leftist Frances Fox Piven is coauthor of the Cloward-Piven strategy, which calls for placing impossible demands on the welfare state, collapsing the American economy so as to clear the way for Soviet-style communism. The strategy was used to bankrupt New York City in the 1970s, and remains the only coherent explanation for Barack Hussein Obama’s obviously unsustainable economic policy. To this day, Piven remains a violent revolutionary committed to collectivist totalitarianism.
But in the alternate reality fabricated by National Public Radio, she’s a lovable old lady and victim of the nasty Glenn Beck’s rhetoric:
Glenn Beck calls her one of the most dangerous people in the world.
“I’m about 5-foot-6,” Frances Fox Piven tells Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. “I’m 78 years old. My hair is partly grey. I’m quite thin.”
Piven is a professor at the City College of New York. In 1966, she and her late husband, Richard Cloward, wrote an article for The Nation outlining a plan to help the poor of New York and other big cities to get on welfare.
In their research, they found that not all the poor who were eligible to receive welfare actually did. They advocated that all the nation’s eligible poor should apply. They felt such a strain to city budgets would force Washington to address the poverty problem.
Forty-five years later, Beck took to the airwaves of Fox News and his own radio program, warning the public about the obscure article.
“Let me introduce you to the people who you would say are fundamentally responsible for the unsustainability and possible collapse of our economic system. They’re really two people,” he said, “Cloward and Piven.”
For about the last three months, week after week, Beck’s been hammering away at Piven and her husband. From their 45-year-old article, he sees a vast conspiracy to overthrow the American financial system.
NPR pules that Beck’s “factually untrue, crazy story” has led people to wish cancer upon poor Frances. The devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist — or that he’s just a sweet old lady who cares about the poor.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that NPR backs the Cloward-Piven strategy to the hilt. When the free market has been destroyed, it won’t have any competition from radio stations that don’t need to rely on coercion to generate revenue.
Vladimir Lenin said that capitalists would sell the rope used to hang them. But that’s not how it works where public broadcasting is concerned. The rope is confiscated by Big Government in the interests of creating Even Bigger Government.
On a tip from Seamus. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.