First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia Universitysociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and his wife Frances Fox Piven (both longtime members of the Democratic Socialists of America, where Piven today is an honorary chair), 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.
Inspired by the August 1965 riots in the black district of Watts in Los Angeles (which erupted after police had used batons to subdue a black man suspected of drunk driving), Cloward and Piven published an article titled "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty" in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation. Following its publication, The Nation sold an unprecedented 30,000 reprints. Activists were abuzz over the so-called "crisis strategy" or "Cloward-Piven Strategy," as it came to be called. Many were eager to put it into effect.
In their 1966 article, Cloward and Piven charged that the ruling classes used welfare to weaken the poor; that by providing a social safety net, the rich doused the fires of rebellion. Poor people can advance only when "the rest of society is afraid of them," Cloward told The New York Times on September 27, 1970. Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, wrote Cloward and Piven, activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; 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 would "the rest of society" accept their demands.
The key to sparking this rebellion would be to expose the inadequacy of the welfare state. Cloward-Piven's early promoters cited radical organizer Saul Alinsky as their inspiration. "Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules," Alinsky wrote in his 1971 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judaeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system's failure to "live up" to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist "rule book" with a socialist one.
The authors noted that the number of Americans subsisting on welfare -- about 8 million, at the time -- probably represented less than half the number who were technically eligible for full benefits. They proposed a "massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls." Cloward and Piven calculated that persuading even a fraction of potential welfare recipients to demand their entitlements would bankrupt the system. The result, they predicted, would be "a profound financial and political crisis" that would unleash "powerful forces … for major economic reform at the national level."
Their article called for "cadres of aggressive organizers" to use "demonstrations to create a climate of militancy." Intimidated by threats of black violence, politicians would appeal to the federal government for help. Carefully orchestrated media campaigns, carried out by friendly, leftwing journalists, would float the idea of "a federal program of income redistribution," in the form of a guaranteed living income for all -- working and non-working people alike. Local officials would clutch at this idea like drowning men to a lifeline. They would apply pressure on Washington to implement it. With every major city erupting into chaos, Washington would have to act.
Didn't know Cloward and Piven were still alive to spread their poison. To bad they weren't older and part of the SS who were tried at Nuremburg for war crimes.
Cloward died a while back, but Piven is still here, and the system they designed is alive and well. I have known about their sinister attempt to destroy our system of government since Obama took office, but nobody else in the media seemed to, and if they did, they did not care enough to expose it.
If we knew half of what is going on in Washington behind closed doors there would be a revolution and don't think the administratioin hasn't thought about that: why else do you think they have tried to federalize the various police forces, and deprive individuals of their right to arm themselves? Gun control, presumably to control violence, is a mere diversion from their real reason behind wanting to disarm the citizenry, i.e. to prevent an uprising. Which is what the Second Amendment is all about: protection from our government! Sounds paranoid, but with this administration, the dangers are real. no matter how much that slippery tongued Obama pretends otherwise.
Oh I think they knew..they are just as complicit....the Pravda of the US....there is a lot of treason going on here.....I feel like we are in a Star Wars episode only this is real. And we will end up in the Hunger Games
What galls me is this information about people like Cloward, Piven, Alinsky, socialist professors, Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright and Obamas ties to these people/philosophy was available and even talked about before he was ever elected. And this is a short list of these kind of associations! With the help of a complicit media, apathetic and ignorant voters, a gutless bunch of Republicans this snake slithered and lied his way into the white house. Then to do it a second time is unbelievable.
Exactly right, Joseph Anderson. What's beyond 'unbelievable'?
This is why Obama was never vetted. He would not be able to pass a back ground check let a lone a Top Secret Clearence. Something else that would have had some type of impact on Obama being elected as President was all these issues surfaced when he ran for the Senate. Law suits that questioned Obama and him being an natural born citizen was submitted back them and made it all the way to the Supreme Court. But guess who the Solicitor General of the US Supreme Court was that reviewed the case referencing Obama's eligbility and natural born citizenship? It was Elena Kagan. I find it hard to believe what Snopes said this was false that Kagan had nothing to do with with her appointment to the Supreme Court or fending off the law suits about Obama natural born citizenship. Crooks all of them to include congress. Why has Obama spence a million dollars keep all his record from the America public but yet yours or mind are an open book.
THAT IS THE MAIN POINT of the Democrats and RHINO
Destroy a country's economy
Destroy the country!
Where is the US
Congress? What is the US Congress doing?
Debra, demokrats and republikrats in congress are helping this along because it is what hitler did and they want the same kind of dictatorship, with them having total control of everything and everyone. I am working on a blog article explaining how hitler used a financial crisis to gain control of Germany, and used his minions in parliament to establish a brutal and murderous dictatorship. Obama and his complicit congress are creating their own financial crisis with the same end result in mind, a dictatorship in which they have absolute control and can destroy any dissent.
TREASON...that is what they are doing....
Doing ? Many of them are in on it. The RINOs have been using the system to infiltrate any true Republican action for years. It has worked beautifully and is helping destroy America. We have been sold out by BOTH political parties for exactly the same reasons. Both have the same agenda, just different ways of getting there. ALL of their reasons are bad for American citizens.