Leftist: Violence OK if Part of Strategy

Francis Fox Piven:

The reason I respect nonviolence is I think it helps to protect the protesters. The espousal of the goal of nonviolence is a form of self-defence. … It’s partly a problem of strategy and propaganda. … Probably, unless you have good reason for breaking a window, probably you shouldn’t do that – unless it’s a big part of your strategy.


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2 thoughts on “Leftist: Violence OK if Part of Strategy

  1. Weaver

    She’s not an impressive speaker, but apparently she’s some prominent leftist. Wikipedia:

    Piven earned her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1962. In 2006–2007 she served as the President of the American Sociological Association. She 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”.[1] Her critics have called this the “Cloward–Piven strategy.”

    She’s won these awards:

    * American Sociological Association Career Award for the Practice of Sociology (2000)
    * Charles McCoy Career Achievement Award of the Caucus for a New Political Science of the American Political Science Association (2004)
    * Mary Lepper Award of the Women’s Caucus of the American Political Science Association (1998)
    * American Sociology Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Political Sociology
    * Tides Foundation Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy (1995)
    * Annual Award of the National Association of Secretaries of State (1994)
    * President’s Award of the American Public Health Association (1993)
    * Lee/Founders Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems
    * Eugene V. Debs Foundation Prize
    * C. Wright Mills Award.[3]

    She’s written these books:

    * Labor Parties in Postindustrial Societies (Oxford University Press, 1992, ISBN 978-0-19-520927-3)
    * The War at Home: The Domestic Costs of Bush’s Militarism (New Press, 2004, ISBN 978-1-59558-092-4)
    * Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006, ISBN 978-0-7425-6316-2)

    With Richard Cloward:

    * Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare (Pantheon, 1971, 2nd ed: Vintage, 1993, ISBN 978-0-679-74516-7)
    * Poor People’s Movements: Why they Succeed, How they Fail (Pantheon, 1977, ISBN 978-0-394-72697-7)
    * New Class War: Reagan’s Attack on the Welfare State and Its Consequences (Pantheon, 1982, ISBN 978-0-394-70647-4)
    * Why Americans Don’t Vote (Pantheon, 1988, ISBN 978-0-394-55396-2)
    * The Breaking of the American Social Compact (New Press, 1997, ISBN 978-1-56584-476-6)
    * Why Americans Still Don’t Vote: And Why Politicians Want it That Way (Beacon, 2000, ISBN 978-0-8070-0449-4)

    With Lee Staples and Richard Cloward:

    * Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing (Praeger, 1984, ISBN 978-0-275-91800-2)

    With Lorraine Minnite and Margaret Groarke:

    * Keeping Down the Black Vote: Race and the Demobilization of American Voters (New Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-59558-354-3)

    The Frances Fox Piven Papers are held by Smith College.[4]

    I’ve sure never heard of her though.

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