Socialist CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven says she “kind of” likes Glenn Beck’s “Tree of Revolution” and laughed off being featured prominently in his “paranoid propaganda,” according to a speech given April 24 but just recently released. She also reveals she has little respect for the late Andrew Breitbart.
The remarks were given at the The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development where Piven was asked to address students on the history of welfare in America.
Piven immediately began her speech by explaining “the roll” she plays “in Glenn Beck’s paranoid propaganda.” She described her infamous rise to leftist prominence and how she was shocked to one day find herself “all over Glenn Beck’s show.” She recalls heading to work a few days later and finding that her students had re-created Beck’s Tree of Revolution and “tacked it to her door.”
She goes on to describe the tree in great detail saying proudly “at the trunk of the tree is Cloward and Piven.” She continues, “and then there are branches going off to SDS, George Soros, Van Jones, the financial crisis, Barrack Obama.” Which was actually quite accurate.
The best part of the story? She says the Tree of Revolution still hangs on her office door. “I kind of like it,” she chuckles.
Piven also takes a shot at the now-deceased Andrew Breitbart. She quipped “may he rest in not-too-much peace” while explaining that his sites were a part of the initial wave of bad press Piven received in 2009. The insult was met with enthusiastic laughter from the crowd.
Breitbart died suddenly on the night of March 1, 2012 and is survived by his wife and their four children.
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