Professor Targeted by Glenn Beck Gets Death Threats

Glenn Beck targeted one of my heroes, Francis Fox Piven, accusing her of plotting to bring down the US capitalist system. Afterward, she was flooded with death threats from Beck’s supporters. On Beck’s own webpage, the violent rhetoric continued, with no efforts by moderators to tone it down. Instead, the commenters seemed to be egging each other on. A few apparently death threats were removed.
Beck discussed an article she wrote in 1966 in which she said that if people overwhelmed the welfare system, the result would be reforms that might bring about a guaranteed national income, something that I support by the way. This is the so-called plot to destroy capitalism. The article received a lot of talk back in the day, but the plan never came about.
In recent interviews, Piven said that the unemployed in the US should think about imitating the protests and riots that have rocked Europe. Of course I agree with this also, but it will never happen. For one, Americans are way to fat to get off their asses and protest a thing.
For two, Americans will never protest or riot for any progressive cause, no matter how economically immiserated they are. This is because Moronicans are garbage rightwing people.
Even if unemployment goes to 25%, Americans will just get more and more rightwing, though that doesn’t get the slightest bit of sense. As poverty and misery spreads, Moronicans will react with attacks on the unemployed, homeless, poor, low income, disabled and elderly. The more people on food stamps (because they are hungry), the more the calls to cut or wipe out the program. The more people on Medicaid (because they are poor), the more the calls to cut or eliminate the program. And on and on.
The only revolution in America will be a rightwing, probably more or less fascist revolution.
I disagree that the Tea Party does not have fascist tendencies. Tea Partiers support all US wars, love Israel and want to kill the founder of Wikileaks. They can’t get enough of the Patriot Act and torturing prisoners. There’s really nothing Libertarian about them, except that they want to gut the state’s social programs, but 3rd World far right types always want to do that.
If anything, the Tea Party looks like a typical 3rd World Far Right movement. So far, there aren’t any death squads, but that may well be coming. They use violent rhetoric against the Left, which fascists always do, and increasingly there are violent attacks against the Left, which fascists always do too. This is how Far Right states in the 3rd World operate.
I’m getting tired of people justifying the violent rhetoric of the Right. There is little or no violent rhetoric on the Left, and what is is not of any consequence. Number 1, we are not armed to the teeth, and the Right is. Number 2, no one is afraid of the Left anymore in the US. That’s why we are being attacked so much. We can’t even defend ourselves, and that just encourages bullies.
They Right brings guns to their rallies, shouts, “Lock and load!,” talks about “Second Amendment solutions” if democracy doesn’t work, etc. They’re more or less threatening the Left with violence, and it’s working.
Obama’s so swamped with threats that the Secret Service doesn’t know where to begin. Democrats across the country and being threatened often, and in many cases, there are physical attacks against their offices. Nuts with guns have shot up government facilities and shot politicians. Many have shot at the cops. Others have been stopped on the way to assassinate Left figures.

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3 thoughts on “Professor Targeted by Glenn Beck Gets Death Threats”

  1. Excellent article.
    That’s why we are being attacked so much. We can’t even defend ourselves, and that just encourages bullies.
    Sadly, all too true…
    For one, Americans are way to fat to get off their asses and protest a thing.
    For two, Americans will never protest or riot for any progressive cause, no matter how economically immiserated they are. This is because Moronicans are garbage rightwing people.

    We are moving towards fascism. A weird, half-ass lazy American take on it, for sure. Still, people like ourselves are faced with an increasingly bad situation to face, me thinks. The brown shirts are already out there, as I am sure you are plenty aware from experience.

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