You might be a leftist if you think Sarah Palin's "target map" sends subliminal messages that incite violence (does that make her visual aid the "Stairway to Heaven" of of this era?) , but an article in The Nation overtly calling for riots has no such influence.
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.”
So how did a book as old as Star Wars make it to today's news?
Piven is now a professor of political science and sociology at the City University of New York. She has also written for The Nation, "the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States" - and a decidedly left-leaning one at that. An article from last month grabs Kurtz's attention:
In her December 2010 Nation column, Piven wrote: “Local protests have to accumulate and spread — and become more disruptive — to create pressures on national politicians. An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece. . . .” Given Piven’s strategic stance, it’s clear that she and The Nation are in fact calling for violence. Her denial of this lacks all credibility. Similarly, when The Nation’s editors defend Piven by referring to her support for “civil disobedience” and “street protest,” they are attempting to create the impression that Piven is a virtual disciple of Martin Luther King Jr., when in fact her longstanding strategy has little if anything to do with nonviolence.
In this post, Glenn Reynolds links this reminder of what the Greek riots looked like.
Glenn Beck is making an issue of the article, and leftists are telling him he's out of line. Excuse me? A lot of these folks are the same ones who went ballistic** over a visual aid with symbols that people unfamiliar with guns would mistake for crosshairs (note: Loughner was quite familiar with guns) - but a woman openly advocating rioting gets a pass?
(**I swear I didn't notice the irony until immediately after I typed that word.)
I wonder if anyone has asked retired University of Illinois at Chicago professor Bill Ayers what he thinks of all this.
As Giffords clings to life and doctors watch swelling in her brain for signs of a continued miraculous recovery, her family, friends and political supporters are learning the chilling news that Loughner met the congresswoman at a similar event in 2007 and told his few remaining friends that he was not satisfied with her response to his question, which he intended to spur a discussion about the government’s manipulation of grammar.
Loughner’s friends tell reporters that when the alleged killer met Giffords in 2007, he asked her “How do you know words mean anything?" and that the congresswoman responded with a few phrases in Spanish, presumably thinking he was referring to the bilingualism of the border district, and moved on.
"You will literally be fired, whoever you are. You must spend this money." - Maura Policelli, U.S. Department of Education's senior advisor for external affairs, describing what will happen to school officials who don't spend their stimulus money by the end of next year. (July 27 Thompson)
Note: if you fail to enter the correct phrases for the Captcha anti-spambot filter, you'll get this warning: "Captcha verification failed. you may not be human. please try again." I bet the Klingons are not amused.
Okay, this really freaks me out - that Greece is trying to keep out illegal immigrants with a border fence. Nothing wrong with the concept - it just means that the Turkey must be in truly pathetic shape if a bunch of their citizens want to flee to their economic basket-case Hellenic neighbor.
Julian Assange will be cleared of all charges. He will be hired as the new head coach for the Dallas Cowboys, shortly after being seen entering Jerry Jones' house with a stack of playbooks under one arm.
Heated debates during the opening session of the 112th Congress will cause the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol to partially melt.
Lindsey Lohan will compete on Dancing With the Stars, but will go into rehab in the middle of a tango.
A Wiccan group in Vancouver will announce plans to burn copies of Harry Potter books on July 31, author J. K. Rowling's birthday, claiming that the fantasy series makes their religion look lame by comparison.
Greece will attempt to balance its budget by selling Parthenon timeshares.
Running out of ideas, one of the major networks will announce for the fall season a reality show set in a Chilean mine.