Frances Fox Piven Does Not Back Down

This whole mess might actually have one positive side-effect:

“That sort of statement is enough to give Piven great concern. “I am teaching a new class soon and I don’t know who is going to be in there,” she said.

However, at the same time she is excited. Beck’s attention has given her a sudden opportunity to air her political views. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, among other major news outlets, and last week she appeared on several television talk shows, including one aired on Fox’s rival, cable news channel MSNBC.

Beck has, in a way, achieved what a lifetime of radical activism struggled to do: create a national platform for Piven, who is honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. She wants to put forward leftwing ideas at a time of economic and social crisis in a media landscape that usually ignores them and sees “socialism” as a dirty word.

“This is really an opportunity to rein in Fox News and Glenn Beck. I don’t know if it’s possible, but I am going to try. It also allows us to assert the value of the politics that we stand for,” she said.

It will not be an easy task. Beck has an entire TV network and a global media giant behind him; Piven is an elderly professor. But, for the first time in a long while, she is in demand. “At last now we have a megaphone,” she said.”

The vile little twerp poked the wrong old lady. I hope she gets celebrated as she deserved at the upcoming ASA meeting.

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  2. The irony in this post actually has another side. Now that many sociologists are getting worked up about Beck’s attack on Fox Piven, it would be a good idea to try to understand what Beck is saying. I know for one that I know Beck almost exclusively from what I see on the John Stewart’s Daily show. For a provocative account of Beck’s appeal, take a look at what Gary Alan Fine has to say at

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