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So-Called ‘Center for Constitutional Rights’ Tries To Silence Glenn Beck, Defends Communist Sympathizer Frances Fox Piven

Posted on January 21 2011 11:00 am
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And so the misleadingly named Center for Constitutional Rights, friend of America’s terrorist enemies, shows its true colors.

The communist-founded, communist-dominated, anti-American public interest law firm is demanding Glenn Beck be shut up because he is enlightening the American public about activist and academic Frances Fox Piven and her advocacy of revolutionary violence. From CCR’s press release:

Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued a written appeal to Fox News president Roger Ailes to help put a stop to the increasing threats against progressive Professor Frances Fox Piven, largely incited by Fox News host Glenn Beck.  In the letter, co-written by Legal Director Bill Quigley and Executive Director Vince Warren the CCR asks that Ailes distinguish between First Amendment rights, of which they are “vigorous defenders” and an “intentional repetition of provocative, incendiary, emotional misinformation and falsehoods [that place that person] in actual physical danger of a violent response.”

Beginning in September of 2010, Glenn Beck started branding Piven, a distinguished professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, as an “enemy of the Constitution.”  Piven, well known for advocating for the organizational rights of the poor and encouraging voter registration, has since received threatening phone calls and letters, and has become the subject of many death threats left open to the public on Glenn Beck’s website, The Blaze.”

This insincere plea comes from the totalitarian left. CCR president Michael Ratner wrote a book praising mass murderer Che Guevara. CCR defends convicted terrorist Lynne Stewart who openly advocates the use of force to overthrow the U.S. government.

In their eyes, Frances Fox Piven must be defended because she is one of them: a small-c communist. Piven and her late husband Richard Cloward developed the Cloward-Piven Strategy of manufactured crisis. They are in favor of using violence to achieve revolutionary change.

The Cloward-Piven Strategy inflicted a lot of damage on the nation but it didn’t quite succeed in bringing America to its knees, as its authors intended. That’s why Piven renewed her call for violence in an article in the Nation earlier this month:

Local protests have to accumulate and spread—and become more disruptive— to create serious pressures on national politicians. 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.

Although Glenn Beck frequently uses inflammatory language, he does not incite violence. His commentary on the Cloward-Piven Strategy is purely educational. He provides a great public service. It’s not his fault if unhinged viewers send rude emails to Piven.

Next up for CCR: A defense of Jared Loughner?

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