Even with all the crowing from the authoritarian left about violent rhetoric, I have yet to see a call to violence as clear as this one from leftist Sociologist Frances Fox Piven:
So where are the angry crowds, the demonstrations, sit-ins and unruly mobs?
Second, before people can mobilize for collective action, they have to develop a proud and angry identity and a set of claims that go with that identity. They have to go from being hurt and ashamed to being angry and indignant.
Third, protesters need targets, preferably local and accessible ones capable of making some kind of response to angry demands.
An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union, or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees.
Piven is calling for the types of protests where rocks are hurled and molotov cocktails are thrown. She wants protests where property is destroyed and people are killed. She hopes that such moves will intimidate government at all levels in this nation into further forced redistribution of wealth.
As commenter Florida pointed out over at Althouse:
They [the leftists] want violence … as long as it’s THEIR violence.
As long as they are the ones bringing the thugs to the town hall meetings.
As long as they are the ones telling US what we must buy and who we can watch and what they can say.
That’s all they want.
Yeah, that’s all they want. Remember, Piven and her ilk are the kind who claim moral superiority to the rest of us. They arrogate to themselves the moral authority to regulate any aspect of our lives they choose. If we don’t cooperate with them, they are willing to intimidate us, hurt us, and kill us. The thought of a free society of equals is simply beyond their comprehension.
To the left, words in opposition to their cause are more violent than assault and murder in support of it. Never forget that.