There was a time when violence was equated with those on the fringes of society: groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the Black Panthers, or the Weather Underground. I’d say that most Americans still feel that way today. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a rise to power on from some of these people who not only had no qualms about using violence, but who have advocated it as a valid tactic.
An interesting video surfaced earlier this week on Glenn Beck’s new news and opinion website The Blaze in which influential Leftist sociologist and author Frances Fox Piven shares her theories on the use of violence. This video shows just how unhinged the mainstream Left has become.
In it, Piven is speaking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The date on the clip is November 11, 2004, and there’s no context to the video, but I can only assume she’s speaking to a group of students. The clip begins with someone asking her:
It seems like most of the progressive movements are committed to non-violence, but you seem to be advocating a more strong physical resistance. And I wonder, at what point do we draw the line? What amount of property damage do we accept? What amount of physical violence do we accept? What issues are strong enough to put us in a place where we are willing to take a stand and take a beating for what we believe?
Piven begins her response in measured, carefully chosen words:
I have considerable respect for non-violence, but I don’t treat it as inevitably a necessary rule. The reason I have respect for non-violence, is I think it helps to protect the protesters.
Her use of the phrase “considerable respect for non-violence” suggests to me that she has to hold her nose to grudgingly accept the idea of non-violent demonstration.
She then goes on to talk about how blacks in the Civil Rights Movement used non-violence to their advantage in that they defended themselves, but they also used the violence against them by whites for propaganda and public relations purposes: