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‘The Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate’ Releases New Book: ‘Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven’


"Spanning a vast scope of issues, ranging from welfare and voter rights to progressive reform..."

Just in time for your early Christmas shopping, noted unrest advocate Frances Fox Piven has released a new collection of "essential writings." And guess which conservative personality made it into her title? If you said Glenn Beck, you're right.

Blaze blogger David Harsanyi first linked to an article mentioning the recently-released book last week. And now here's your chance to learn more about it.

First, the title: "Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate"

Second, the cover:

Third, what's in it, courtesy of Publishers Weekly:

Piven, the noted political scientist who along with her late husband, Richard Cloward, has long studied and advocated for political empowerment strategies for the American poor, offers a sampling of her academic articles prompted by the conservative radio host Glenn Beck’s virulent attacks on her. Reaching as far back as the early 1960s and concluding with a recent biographically detailed interview between the author and activist-philosopher Cornel West, Piven (Challenging Authority) eloquently dissects the structures of political influence. She concludes that “disruptive” actions by the poor (i.e., actions short of violence, such as rent strikes, that “break the rules” of the game) remain virtually the sole political means of addressing inequalities in a system from which they are largely excluded. Piven asks essential questions about and proposes solutions for the increasingly unequal distribution of political power (tied of course to the increasingly narrow concentration of economic power). After debt-ceiling deals and austerity cuts in the U.S., and riots in poor communities across England, these insightful, well-argued essays prove historically informative and remarkably timely, a true find for the general reader looking to make sense of political power in an imperfect democracy. (Nov.)

And finally, who's associated with it:

Spanning a vast scope of issues, ranging from welfare and voter rights to progressive reform, the book is a welcome introduction to her ideas. As a bonus, it features an illuminating interview by Cornel West, featured below, that reveals integral details of her upbringing and illustrious career.

Cornel West? You mean this Cornel West, who teaches at Princeton?

The book is sure to be a best-seller.

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