WWL Radio #96 – Frances Fox Piven Interview

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PhotobucketTonight, I have the rare honor of speaking to one of the premier architects of Social Reform, a humanitarian who’s life work has been in helping the poor, Professor Frances Fox Piven.

Piven has been a target of demonization by right-wing mouthpiece Glenn Back of Fox News this past year, ramping the hate up to frightening levels as of late.

It is amazing that anyone can attribute the destruction of society to helping the poor, and giving voice to the ordinary citizens to better their lot. Not so amazing when viewed under the harsh realities of the Class War… the Elite Class now fears the huge underclass they have created by their extraction capitalism, and certainly wants to make an example of anyone who has spoken for People’s Rights and Reformation so that we continue to be powerless.

Distinguished Professor Frances Fox Piven received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Before coming to the Graduate Center, she taught at Boston University, Columbia University, New York University Law School, the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Bologna. She is past Vice-President of the American Political Science Association,  has served as program co-chair of the annual political science meetings, and is a past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  She is currently President of the American Sociological Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the President’s Award of the American Public Health Association, and the American Sociological Association’s Career Award for the Practice of Sociology, as well as their award for the Public Understanding of Sociology. Her books deal with the development of the welfare state, political movements, urban political, and electoral politics.  Among them are REGULATING THE POOR (winner of the C. Wright Mills Award ub 1972, and updated in 1993); POOR PEOPLE’S MOVEMENTS (1977); THE NEW CLASS WAR (1982; UPDATED 1985); WHY AMERICANS DON’T VOTE (1988); THE MEAN SEASON (1987); LABOR PARTIES IN POSTINDUSTRIAL SOCIETIES (1992); THE BREAKING OF THE AMERICAN SOCIAL COMPACT (1997); WHY AMERICANS STILL DON’T VOTE (2000); and THE WAR AT HOME (2004); Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America (2006).

Join us tonight, as Professor Piven helps to enlighten us on what can be done NOW, in a society that has crushed Unions, dissolved voting blocks, and damaged our economy to likely a point of no return.

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    • Diane G on January 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm
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    After the Fox debacle, she is being very restrictive about interviews…

    • Diane G on January 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm
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    I got an honorable mention on Glenn Beck’s slimebucket “The Blaze” today… Jesus, those are some scary people. Apparently they are angry that:

    Frances Fox Piven granted an interview with a radical left wing talk show, Wild Wild Left Radio. Her target? His first name is Glenn.

    If you think you can control your gag reflex so as not to vomit, then you can listen to her interview at http://www.wildwildleft.com

    Bet this turns out to be another story you won’t hear about in the liberal corporate media.

    I haven’t gone back to read the slime trail that followed, but if I pissed them off? I must be living the righteous life!

    • Diane G on January 28, 2011 at 9:39 pm
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    • Diane G on January 29, 2011 at 1:17 am
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    (and I plugged you too!)

    Listen to internet radio with Diane G on Blog Talk Radio

    • Diane G on January 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm
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    It so funny how I fall absolutely in love with people I interview. I come off the air thinking, “What an amazing person, I adore him/her.”

    (which is a lovely way to use this marvelous Germaine Greer quote found by Puzzled, though I didn’t plan it that way… )

    If a person loves only one other person, and is indifferent to his fellow men, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.

    Frances was smart, patient, and an absolute wealth of information. Its the beginning of birthday week for me, so I’m looking forward to getting my annual Border’s gift card Jake or Mike usually cough up to buy her latest book. The rule is, for the uninitiated, that women’s Birthdays include the weekend prior, the week of and the weekend following her actual Birthday, with each of those days counting as the actual day. This sounded way less complicated with the margaritas and mota that inspired it the oh-so-many years ago when we invented it.

    Linda and I got absolutely hammered last night to start off the week of fun, and laughed until our sides ached. I am surprisingly unscathed… but I was in bed early. Heh, no staying power anymore. Partying is now hit it and quit it at my age. So I haven’t yet listened to the show in podcast. Thats next.

    But back to Frances… I loved that she laughed at my self-description and added anarchist. Good to see a down to earth sense of humor! She stood her ground on what she believes, even if I don’t buy into that the system can be changed from within much anymore. But I suppose that seeing change as incremental is a thing born of age, and I am carry more of the impatience of youth. I just think that the powers have consolidated their influence more than ever before in history (now why didn’t I think to say THAT last night?) and that they will never willingly let that power slip away back into our hands.

    It is amazing how much more I have been able to produce now that the luxury of TIME is returning to my life. From last August to Christmas, I just had so little time, so much stress and way less focus. The show’s quality has always had a direct correlation to the amount of production time I can invest prior to going on air. I think its showing that my life is easing.

    Now whats next?

    I think I shall try and get Juan Cole. He’s an Ann Arborite. Maybe play the local girl angle? Heh.

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