OCCUPY WALL STREET, AND OTHER REVOLUTIONS
October 5, 2011
RenewAmerica.com calls her a "Criminally grand socioeconomic saboteur, Marxist revolutionary, and inciter of violence." Glenn Beck called her (and her late husband) the team who fought to collapse the economy to destroy capitalism for the Communists." And Monday night, Bill O'Reilly called her "a communist sympathizer." Who is this extraordinary woman?
Frances Fox Piven!
Ms. Piven recently appeared in a neo-Marxist "Democracy Now!" interview, praising the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and calling for more across the country. In her interview she said:
"I teach at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. I am here because I am so enthusiastic about the possibilities of this sit-in, over the marches that are occurring over postal worker issues, the sister demonstrations that are starting in Chicago and Los Angeles, and maybe in Boston. I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States. None of us know. I study movements. None of us know the exact formula for when those movements erupt, but it could be. And if that is true, then these people who are here are really wonderful. I would do anything to help them."
Piven, along with her late husband, Richard Cloward, were the subjects of a series of articles I wrote early in 2010 in which I documented their "strategy to orchestrate crisis" in America by collapsing the economy by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands.
It's her sympathizing battle cry for more - a call for revolution. Her husband didn't live to see this moment, but after nearly fifty years of calling to the demise of capitalism, she is sure hoping her patience will pay off.
What we are seeing in New York and in the streets of many major cities around the country is a large mass of people who are spending an enormous amount of time eluding work, or not looking for work, to protest the successes of those who are working.
It's as if the "protesters" are rewriting the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, women and transgendered — and any other human who is able to elude the tyranny of work for a couple of weeks — are created equal. We gather to be free not of tyranny, but of responsibility and college tuitions. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that a government long established and a nation long prosperous be changed for light and transient causes. So let our demands be submitted to a candid world."
First, we are imbued with as many inalienable rights as a few thousand college kids and a gaggle of borderline celebrities can concoct, among them a guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment and immediate across-the-board debt forgiveness — even if that debt was acquired taking on a mortgage with a 4.1 percent interest rate and no money down, which, we admit, is a pretty sweet deal in historical context...
...but down with the modern gilded age!
We demand that a Master of Fine Arts in musical theater writing, with a minor in German, become an immutable human right, because education is crucial and rich people can afford to fund unemployment checks until we find jobs or in perpetuity, whichever comes first.
We demand a minimum wage of $10, no ... make it $20. We earned it. And we demand the end of "profiteering," because there is no better way to end joblessness than stopping the growth of capital. We also demand a maximum wage law, because selfish American dreams need a firm ceiling.
We demand the institution of direct democracy, because if a bunch of people say it's OK, it's OK. And everyone deserves to have his or her voice heard. Except Mr. Moneybags, who we demand stop contributing his own money to candidates we disagree with, to issue groups we loathe and to lobbyists who do not work for organizations featuring "Service," "Employees," "International" and/or "Union" in their title.
We demand the end to bailouts and corporate subsidies, unless we're talking about companies that feature sunflowers or sun rays in their logos, because that's the kind of morally gratifying institution we approve of, and thus, they should totally be fast-tracked and bailed out with your money to bring the fossil fuel economy ("the economy") to an end.
We demand the end to a corrupt Wall Street ("Apple" "your 401(k)") because banks hold too much power.
We demand that government consolidate authority so that elected officials can make prudent choices for us. All that cash in banks was printed by the war god Mars and has nothing to do with the voluntary deposits by ordinary Americans, so we do not consider this theft.
We demand the end to corporate censorship, because if we can't force private news organizations to run the types of stories with which we agree, there can't be a healthy democracy. So actually, we demand the end of all corporate news organizations in the name of free speech.
We demand the end to health profiteering, because everyone knows that all the wondrous and lifesaving advances in modern medicine were invented in the People's Democratic Republic of Laos. Smart people work for the good of humanity, not because they're greedy.
We demand these rights because of the mass injustice of being able to freely protest against racism and corporatism without any real fear of imprisonment in the most diverse city on earth. And to the wise guy who walked by the other day and claimed that I'd be writing this manifesto with a quill pen on parchment paper if it weren't for capitalism, we have two words for you: Koch brothers. Think about it.
This is the fifth communiqué from the 99.9 percent. We are occupying Wall Street, and we're not going home until it gets really cold.
Concluding what could be many more paragraphs of grievances, they would say: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Government, we mutually pledge to each other our hatred, our misfortunes, and our secular culture.
We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.