In the past, the tale of the undeserving poor often gained a great deal of traction. They were folks not like us -- welfare mothers, gang members, poor pregnant teens. But the list of undeserveds is growing.
For two years Beck has targeted the political science professor as a Marxist Machiavelli whose writings constitute a manifesto for a radical revolution. But in recent months Beck has escalated his hate even further.
Frances Fox Piven was committed to combining scholarship and activism. Not surprisingly, conservatives have been attacking her ideas for decades. But the demonization of her by the extreme Right has escalated since Obama's election.