The Cloward-Piven Strategy

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In the spirit of current events, I was reminded of the old Cloward-Piven Strategy. It's been put to use throught our short history. It's worth the read. As I mentioned, though, just in the spirit of current events.



Inspired by the August 1965 riots in the black district of Watts in Los Angeles — which erupted after police 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

The Cloward-Piven article called for “cadres of aggressive organizers” to use “demonstrations to create a climate of militancy.” Then, the authors predicted, the following would happen:


  • Politicians, intimidated by threats of black violence, 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.
The Cloward-Piven Strategy was an example of what are commonly called Trojan Horse initiatives — mass movements whose outward purpose seems to be providing material help to the downtrodden, but whose real objective is to draft poor people into service as revolutionary foot soldiers; to mobilize poor people en masse in an effort to overwhelm government agencies with a flood of demands beyond the capacity of those agencies to meet. Cloward and Piven calculated that the flood of demands which they were recommending would break the budget, jam the bureaucratic gears into gridlock, and bring the system crashing down.

Fear, turmoil, violence and economic collapse would accompany such a breakdown — providing perfect conditions for fostering radical change. That was the theory.

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That is exactly what is going on now.
Yep. Pretty much. Unfortunately, the the strategy was never really defeated. It never went away. And many believers in the strategy have since made their way into government. And, so, here we are. They're running their own circus and nobody's really doing anything about it because...well...they've made their way into government. And they operate the propaganda networks, on top of that, they've infiltrated the fourth estate long ago.

Sadly, that's only the half of it.
 
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Overwhelm the system...cause it to collapse...institute socialism as the "new system".

They've been working at it for decades and they were so close...until Donald J Trump came along.
 
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Just a reminder of the people calling the shots on this and just how open they are about the continuation of it.


Such glee in the black panther's voice.
 
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Overwhelm the system...cause it to collapse...institute socialism as the "new system".

They've been working at it for decades and they were so close...until Donald J Trump came along.
They're shooting for full blown communism.
 

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All three of these organizations — ACORN, Project Vote and Human SERVE — set to work lobbying energetically for the so-called Motor-Voter law, which President Bill Clinton ultimately signed in 1993. At the White House signing ceremony for this bill, both Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were in attendance. The new law eliminated many controls on voter fraud, making it easy for voters to register but difficult to determine the validity of new registrations. Under the new law, states were required to provide opportunities for voter registration to any person who showed up at a government office to renew a driver’s license or to apply for welfare or unemployment benefits. “Examiners were under orders not to ask anyone for identification or proof of citizenship,” notes Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund in his book, Stealing Elections. “States had to permit mailing voter registrations, which allowed anyone to register without any personal contact with a registrar or election officials. Finally, states were limited in pruning ‘deadwood’ –people who had died, moved, or been convicted of crimes – from their rolls.

The Motor-Voter bill did indeed cause the voter rolls to be swamped with invalid registrations signed in the name of deceased, ineligible or non-existent people — thus opening the door to the unprecedented levels of voter fraud and “voter disenfranchisement” claims that followed in subsequent elections during the 1990s, and culminating in the Florida recount crisis in the 2000 presidential election. On the eve of the 2000 election, in Indiana alone, state officials discovered that one in five registered voters were duplicates, deceased, or otherwise invalid.

 
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They're shooting for full blown communism.
How do you envision the future if the left wins?
Sorry, man, I just saw your question. I get like a guh zillion notifications so I don't always look at em all.

I've never really given any credibility to that whole left/right paradigm to be perfectly honest. In fact, I actively avoid any discusion where that midset dictates the terms of controversy. It's simply counterintuitive.

The duopoly typically functions in synergy. But then you get artcles writen by other people and those articles often reflect the author's perception of what he or she is observing and they almost always see things in a left/right way.

That's a whole discusion of its own. Typical divide and conquer sheanigans...

Better conversation would be what the future will be like if the fascists win. Because from where I'm sitting, we're geting banged from both ends by the duopoly.
 
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Oh, hey, btw, Anomalism. I saw that thread of yours calling out the so-called left about why they don't police themselves. Heh heh. Most of the responders in that thread who identify as the so-called left are the guiltiest (is that even a word? Maybe it's most guilty) parties. I thought it was humorous, though.

Anyway. Intellectual honesty goes a long way. Good for you!
 

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