Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Yesterday, a commenter at the Hostages wanted to talk Cloward/Piven. My local radio host has been talking about it for months (and months), and Rush brought it up yesterday.

Cloward/Piven from American Thinker:

The Cloward/Piven Strategy is named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. Their goal is to overthrow capitalism by overwhelming the government bureaucracy with entitlement demands. The created crisis provides the impetus to bring about radical political change.

According to Discover the

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... [Emphasis added.]

Some argue that Democrats are using this strategy now. How do you destroy the welfare system? By overloading it. By increasing benefits. By extending unemployment, which is paid by the employers, who are then further financially stressed in a time of economic uncertainty.

Making an already weak economy even worse is the intent of the Cloward/Piven Strategy. It is imperative that we view the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan's spending on items like food stamps, jobless benefits, and health care through this end goal. This strategy explains why the Democrat plan to "stimulate" the economy involves massive deficit spending projects. It includes billions for ACORN and its subgroups such as SHOP and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Expanding the S-Chip Program through deficit spending in a supposed effort to "save the children" only makes a faltering economy worse.

Increasing taxes (on a Federal and State level) during a time of high unemployment and recession dovetails nicely. Cloward/Piven were anti-Capitalists. Much of the Spendulous went to prop-up State governments, NOT to encourage capitalism and increase employment. It "made up" for the loss of tax revenue. How was this supposed to help anything?

It wasn't.

Can't let a crises go to waste.