The videos below of Frances Fox Piven are painful — for many reasons.
First, the message is frustrating. They show Piven calling for a “popular uprising” and calling Wall St. bankers “thieves,” “cannibals,” and the “big problem.”
Second, the way it is delivered might be compared to fingernails on the chalkboard. See, it’s become popular for the Occupy Wall St. protesters to mimic and repeat everything their speakers say. Think of it like that annoying game of “shadow” you and your friends used to play as kids. And Piven never seems to get the entire grasp of it, or at least isn’t that great at playing along.
First, here’s Piven calling for a “popular uprising” on Friday:
Weasel Zippers has the transcript:
“I teach at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. I am here because I am so enthusiastic about the possibilities of this sit-in, over the marches that are occurring over postal worker issues, the sister demonstrations that are starting in Chicago and Los Angeles, and maybe in Boston. I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States. None of us know. I study movements. None of us know the exact formula for when those movements erupt, but it could be. And if that is true, then these people who are here are really wonderful. I would do anything to help them.”
And this is the awkward call-and-response speech she delivered the same night, where the protesters copy everything she says: