January 23, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.


Frances Fox Piven, author and scholar, is a recent victim of a new Glenn Beck paranoid fantasy, stating that she is the leader of a planned progressive takeover. The laughable clownish TV twit is not so funny; like other funny little men, he can marshal an army of other funny little men, who, together, can do very unfunny things.  Silence is their greatest ally.  The entire piece can be read at The Chronicle of Higher Education  LINKED HERE. Ms. Piven clarifies what she has said in a Nation piece written in the ’60’s and how that was distorted by Beck.   It is excerpted below.

Crazy Talk and American Politics: or, My Glenn Beck Story
By Frances Fox Piven

. . .  According to Beck, I, together with my husband, Richard Cloward, with whom I
frequently collaborated before his death, am the proponent of a theory of
“orchestrated crisis” that lies behind an array of threats to American
society, including the emergence of Students for a Democratic Society,
Acorn, George Soros and the Open Society Institute, the New York City fiscal
crisis, the election of Barack Obama, and the recent financial meltdown.
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Apples Are Red!!!

Seen today on W. 93rd St: a mother in a greengrocer’s buying a yellow apple.  Her baby was struggling with the concept.  “Apples are RED!” he kept insisting.  The patient mom took time and explained this to him.  “All apples are not the same.  Here is a yellow one!”  Clearly out of his comfort zone the little fellow insisted on the old reality.  I’m sure he will come round.  It did remind me of the current political scene.  About 20% of the electorate are having a rough time accepting realities that take them out of their comfort zone.  Glenn Beck viewers who don’t like that, for example, we NEED immigration in the United States, you CAN’T cut taxes during wars and depressions, human sexuality is NOT all the same, multi-national corporations ARE the Big Brother you think the government is, and they ARE behind Global Warming, which IS real, Medicare and Social Security ARE government programs, etc. What Glenn and the Becker-heads need, of course is a patient Mommy to explain reality to them.  They used to have this when the media choices were limited to professional outlets.  But now why bother when with FOX News they can have “reality”. And all apples can be red for always. ‘Night Mother.