The Cloward–Piven strategy is a political strategy outlined in 1966 by Columbia University sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Piven. Their strategy called for the overloading and eventual collapse of the U.S. economy and welfare system in order to manufacture a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of guaranteed annual income and thus putting an end to poverty… otherwise known as Socialism.
Remember recently when Nancy Pelosi talked about making unemployment a permanent entitlement… that the greatest freedom an American could have would be to not have to work?
Simply put, the Cloward-Piven Strategy seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
Do we really need to detail how this applies to the current invasion of illegals now flooding into our country?
Their strategy contended that many Americans who were eligible for welfare were not receiving benefits, and that a welfare enrollment drive would strain local budgets, creating a crisis at the state and local levels that would be a wake-up call for the federal government, particularly the Democratic Party.
According to Cloward and Piven, there would be several significant benefits to this strategy. These would include: easing the plight of the poor in the short-term through their participation in the welfare system; shoring up support for the national Democratic Party (read as ensuring votes for the Democratic Party) through its cultivation of poor and minority constituencies by implementing a national “solution” to poverty; and by relieving local governments of the financially and burdensome need for public welfare.
Cloward and Piven charged that the ruling classes used welfare to weaken the poor; that by providing a social safety net, the rich were in fact repressing rebellion. Cloward and Piven believed that the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then could their demands be forced upon the country. Cloward and Piven contended the key to sparking this rebellion would be to expose the inadequacy of the welfare state.
The immigration crisis of illegals flooding the system today
Cloward and Piven’s early supporters cited well known progressive organizer Saul Alinsky (you know… Hillary Clinton’s mentor) as their inspiration. Alinsky wrote in his 1971 book Rules for Radicals, “Make the enemy live up to their rules,” When pressed to honor every word of every law and every statute, every Judeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, government agencies inevitably will fall short. The system’s failure can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist system with a socialist one.
It was also Saul Alinsky would taught that a “lie isn’t a lie if it serves a purpose”… really. Do you wonder now how both Obama and the Clinton’s seem to have no problem telling lie, after lie, after lie? Read here: 4 pages of Obama lies. Read here some of Hillary Clinton’s lies.
To this day most Americans have never heard of Cloward and Piven.
Cloward and Piven never again revealed their intentions as candidly as they had in their 1966 article. Even so, their activism in the years following it’s being published continued to rely on the tactic of overloading the system. When the public caught on to their welfare scheme, Cloward and Piven simply moved on, applying pressure to other sectors of the bureaucracy, wherever they detected weakness.
Remember, President Obama is reported to have attended Columbia University around 1982… by which time Cloward and Piven was well known among the political science students, which was his reported course of study. (we really don’t know much about Obama’s early years, as most all of his records cannot be verified for various legal reasons.)
Cloward and Piven and Voter Fraud
In 1982, supporters of the Cloward-Piven strategy founded a new “voting rights movement,” which was to take up the unfinished work of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The organization that spear-headed this campaign, ACORN, was led by veterans of the welfare rights crusade. Its premier organizations were Project Vote and Human SERVE, both founded in 1982. Project Vote was an ACORN front group. Human SERVE was founded by Richard Cloward and Frances Piven.
All three of these organizations, ACORN, Project Vote and Human SERVE, set to work immediately lobbying energetically for the so-called Motor-Voter law, which Bill Clinton ultimately signed in 1993. The Motor-Voter bill is largely responsible for swamping the voter rolls with “dead wood”, invalid registrations signed in the name of deceased, ineligible or non-existent people. This opened the door to the unprecedented levels of voter fraud and “voter disenfranchisement” claims that have continued to haunt elections to this day.
These new “voting rights” coalitions combined mass voter registration drives with typically high levels of fraud and systematic intimidation of election officials in the form of frivolous lawsuits, unfounded charges of “racism” and “disenfranchisement,” and “direct action” in the form of street protests. Just as they swamped America’s welfare offices in the 1960s, Cloward and Piven devotees seek to overwhelm the nation’s understaffed and poorly policed electoral system. These tactics introduced a level of tension and fear, to U.S. elections not commonly encountered except maybe in Third World countries.
Both the Living Wage and Voting Rights movements depend heavily on financial support from George Soro’s Open Society Institute and his Shadow Party. It is through his support that the Cloward-Piven strategy continues to provide a blueprint for some of the Left’s most ambitious campaigns still to this day… like collapsing our economy with hundreds of thousands illegal aliens, poor, sick, with no means of support?
Are you getting the picture?
Jonah Goldberg, of National Review, recently wrote a column in which he destroys President Obama’s contention that our illegal alien invasion is a wave of refugees from the violence and inhuman living conditions in Central America. Even though current statistics show that Guatemala and Honduras are experiencing some of the lowest violence statistics in many years. Obama would also want you to believe it has nothing to do with his refusal to enforce our immigration laws. Goldberg points out: that President Obama has gotten a lot of grief from his base for being the “deporter-in-chief.” That President Obama likes to claim that he’s deported a lot of people. But he hasn’t. What he’s done is count people caught and turned around at the border as “deportations.”
The Obama administration will be only to happy now to step in with their “solution” to this “crisis” which is unquestionably, to even the most causal observer, another manufactured one of President Obama’s design. Do you remember how Rahm Emanuel (Obama’s former Chief-of-Staff and now Mayor of Chicago) taught us that “no crisis should go to waste”? Recently, Nancy Pelosi stated “We are all Americans, north and south in this hemisphere,” urging us to use this opportunity… providing of course that the final solution is amnesty and open borders.
For the liberal left and the progressives in the country, these are indeed exciting times.
For the rest of us, we are scared to death of what’s happening to this once great country.
How much more of this Cloward and Piven strategy are we going to be able to take?