Audio: Piven says Tea Party all about sex, or something

posted at 8:48 am on January 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Blaze captures audio from progressive political scientist Frances Fox Piven attempting to explain last month why Democrats found themselves out of the House majority in a historic midterm blowout.  You may want to take some Dramamine before listening to it, though, because it has more twists and turns than ObamaCare, which under the circumstances is the most appropriate comparison.  First Piven starts off by claiming that it’s all about, age, then race, and then it’s all about wealth — and then it’s all about race again.  She then decides that it’s all about sex, with explaining that this is based on the solid social-science method of pulling assumptions out of thin air:

“You know, I don’t have any data on this, but I am absolutely sure sex is very important in what is happening to older people.”

You know, I don’t have any data on this, either, but I am absolutely sure that smug, self-righteous, snobbish judgments without any evidence whatsoever is very important to political “scientists” of Piven’s ilk.  In fact, Piven’s entire presentation is utterly fact-free — a series of condescending conjectures based on opinions formed without any data at all.  Her theories are intended to blame the voters for their rejection of Democratic leadership rather than reaching the obvious conclusion that pushing a radical, unpopular agenda will mean losing elections, and losing them big.

If the Tea Party is all about sex, well, I’ve been going to the wrong events.  Perhaps Piven has confused the Tea Party with key parties?


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Is this the same Frances Fox Piven who participated in the creation of the Cloward-Piven Strategy? Should this not impact the credibility and good faith of any comments she makes (after all, everything they say is a contraivance and deceit designed to change society)

Blaise on January 17, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Yes. She advocates the destruction of the U.S.A. And she explains over and over and over again why and how-to. She wants it replaced with some Unicorn Rainbow Baracky Village without so much as a memory of Capitalism or pretty people.

She is one truly disturbed individual. But dangerous, yes, I agree that she is, mainly because she’s been making it clear that she is an enemy of the U.S. Constitution for years now and that her objective is to destroy and replace it.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I wonder what she thinks about how islam treats women and muhammed’s views on sex? Having four wives? Old men marrying preteen girls? Female genital mutilation, etc.

Tony737 on January 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

I think Piven hates men AND women equally. Unless they’re Communists. And I’m betting that she isn’t a big fan of heterosexual sex, either. So she likely works in “muhammed’s views on sex” into some accommodating portion of how to make more Communism possilble. Seems her objection is Communism like a viral infection: explode the host, whoever the host may be.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM

she called for a strategy to force the government to federalize state welfare programs, not violent revolution. nobody knew who she was until beck started listing her as one of history’s greatest monsters.

sesquipedalian on January 17, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Au contraire. Many people know of Frances Fox Piven and have long before Beck exposed her moreso. We know of her because she is a loathesome Communist crazy person, living on taxpayer money, lecturing gullible youth on why it’s right and good to destroy the U.S.A.

She’s a well known, loathesome Communist. And of course she’s one of Obama’s “mentors.” Apparently the entire Communist Party is.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Poor Piven. Back in the day, around the faculty lounges, it used to be Frances “the Fox”, you know.

rrpjr on January 17, 2011 at 10:25 AM

I think that “day” was about ten minutes long. Then it ended. Night fell and has remained in the shadow of this thing calling itself Frances Fox Piven. Disgusting, sick monster.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Listening to this award-winning professor makes me think that spending tens of thousands of dollars extra to study with the most well-known academics in higher education MAY NOT be the best way to get a quality education.

But her musings here are about as sensible as the famous Cloward-Pivens Strategy: bankrupting the government by deliberately overloading the welfare system, in order to force the now-bankrupt government to give everybody a guaranteed income. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

KarenT on January 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM

progressive political scientist

Can’t we just call her a Commie and get it over with?

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 18, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Rather than overwhelm the country with welfare policy to crash the economy and destroy the United States, wouldn’t it be far easier for this Commie Pinko to just move to a Worker’s Paradise already in existance? She’s got to be pretty stupid not to see that.

adamsmith on January 19, 2011 at 7:33 PM

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