The Cloward-Piven strategy unfolds 11

This useful explanation of what the Cloward-Piven strategy is, comes from Family Security Matters, by Frank Salvato:

In 1966, two Columbia University sociologists, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, collaborated on a theory  … referred to as the “Cloward-Piven Strategy.” People who are familiar with the likes of Saul Alinsky and William Ayers are familiar with the strategy, as are the full complement of the Progressive Movement.

In a nutshell, the underlying principle of the Cloward-Piven Strategy is to so overload the entitlement system – to add so many to the entitlement rolls, that the country’s economic system collapses, unleashing chaos and violence in the streets, thus affecting radical Leftist political change in government. Up until recently this theory has been just that, a theory, and a theory that anarchists and Progressives have salivated over for their want of execution. But today, we are seeing the fruits of the Cloward-Piven Strategy played out to success in Greece and several other financial destitute countries in Europe.

To summarize briefly the Cloward-Piven Strategy, I turn to Richard Poe who wrote an article of the same name, which is featured at

Mr. Poe observes that Mr. Cloward and Ms. Piven sought (and “seeks,” in the case of Ms. Piven) to facilitate the fall of Capitalism by “overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.”  …

In a 1970 New York Times interview, Cloward is quoted as saying that poor people can only advance when “the rest of society is afraid of them.” He then theorized that activists should refrain from demanding that government provide more for the poverty stricken and, instead, should strive to pack as many people on the welfare (read: entitlement) rolls as possible, creating a demand that could not be met, facilitating the destruction of the welfare system and massive financial crisis. As a byproduct, rebellion would be ignited amongst the people; chaos would rule the streets and governments would be damaged beyond repair, many falling to history making it possible for new radicals to assume the roles of oligarchs, ushering in new systems of government and the dismantling of the Capitalist system in particular.

Both Cloward and Piven understood that it would take pushing the American citizenry to the point of anarchy, to the point of the populace affecting violent chaos in the streets, for there to emerge an opportunity to damage our Republican form of government and our Capitalist system to the point where people would accept radical political as well as economic change. Cloward and Piven, using the philosophy of Saul Alinsky (who, by-the-by, was their inspiration in fomenting their “strategy”), knew that they would have to achieve chaos, so as to introduce the Progressive political ideology – the ideology of Democratic Socialism – to the masses as a saving grace. 

“Democratic Socialism” – remember – is a cover name for Communism.

As Frank Salvato says, the calamitous outcome of “overloading the welfare/entitlement system” is being “played out to success in Greece and several other financial destitute countries in Europe”. And it is starting to play out in the USA, under Saul Alinsky’s follower, the “community organizer” President Barack Obama.

We quote from an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily:

In the “now they tell us” file, add a vast array of reports that have come out since the election showing just how weak the economy really is. …

Here’s just a sampling of what we’ve learned since voters decided to give Obama four more years to “experiment” with the economy.

Earnings falling: The Labor Dept. reported on Thursday that real average hourly earnings dropped again in October for the third month in a row

Poverty rising: A new Census Bureau report, also released after the election, finds that the number of poor people in America climbed 712,000 in 2011. …

Food-stamp enrollment skyrocketing: Another government report conveniently timed after the election found that food stamp enrollment exploded by more than 420,000 in August. The number of people getting food stamps has climbed more than 15 million — or 47% — under Obama. … Today, almost 15% of the population is collecting food stamps, up from 7% just a decade ago.

Jobless claims jumping: The number of new jobless claims shot up to 439,000 last week, up 78,000 from the week before … The two states with the biggest increases in jobless claims the week before that were Pennsylvania and Ohio, thanks to layoffs in the construction, manufacturing and auto industries.

Inflation creeping up: We also learned that the annual inflation rate climbed to 2.2% in October … the third consecutive monthly increase.

Coal plants closing: A report by the liberal Union of Concerned Scientists, released (naturally) a week after the election, finds that as many as 353 coal-fired plants will close as a result of Obama’s environmental rules.

Small banks disappearing: Fortune reported three days after the election that the “overwhelming conclusion” of industry analysts and consultants was that Dodd-Frank would cause thousands of small banks to disappear. …

Obama keeps saying that his top priority for his second term is jobs and growth, but the only thing he’s pushed since his re-election is a massive tax hike on the so-called rich.

That’s despite the fact that Obama knows these tax hikes will hurt economic growth. … We know that Obama’s tax hikes will kill 710,000 jobs.

One by one, businesses will be forced to close, like this one, putting thousands out of work:

Hostess, the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is going out of business, closing plants, laying off its 18,500 workers …

The Irving, Texas, company said a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products. …

Hostess had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn’t return to normal levels by Thursday evening. …

“Many people have worked incredibly long and hard to keep this from happening, but now Hostess Brands has no other alternative than to begin the process of winding down and preparing for the sale of our iconic brands,” CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said in a letter to employees posted on the company website. He added that all employees will eventually lose their jobs, “some sooner than others.”

Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike last week after rejecting in September a contract offer that cut wages and benefits. … Hostess has said that production at about a dozen of the company’s 33 plants has been seriously affected by the strike. Three plants were closed earlier this week.

Now they are all closing.

The economy is being systematically wrecked. How long can it be before America reaches the stage of the general strikes, riots, blood on the streets, anarchy?  Then the administration may take “emergency powers”. Congress is already being bypassed as Obama rules by executive order.

Obama has the temperament of a dictator. Will he soon be a dictator?

Is the terrible triumph of Saul Alinsky, Richard Andrew Cloward, Frances Fox Piven and Barack Obama near at hand?

  • They look like really angry people don’t they? Reminds me of Gloria Steinem. I saw her speak (on tv) a few years back and I was just stunned by the volume of poison, and pure unrelenting negativity that poured out of her mouth… Resentment is a poor platform from which to draw ideas for a positive future.

  • rogerinflorida

    I think we give far too much credit to this pair of idiots. Actually the damage done by the short sighted leadership of both democratic and republican parties has been much more to blame for our current mess than these two. we have stood by while our political leaders of both parties have filled the country with third world immigrants, they have failed to counter the bare knuckled mercantilism practiced against the US economy by all of our so called friends and allies as well as by China, India, etc. We have launched unnecessary but cripplingly expensive wars and maintained the defense umbrella under which our competition has been able to fleece us. In addition domestic policy has been one gutless evasion after another all the while plucking the golden goose onto it’s deathbed.

    • liz

      Well, what you just described, while very true, is so idiotic that it’s no stretch to conjecture that it could have been, in large part, helped along by the pair of idiots mentioned above. People that stupid can be easily manipulated.
      The misgivings of the founding fathers, that we would not be able to “keep” the republic, because of lack of education, and the desire of too many to vote themselves perpetual government handouts, have come true, courtesy of the Left, who hijacked education and the media, and inculcated that very concept into too many of us.

    • Jillian Becker

      Sure. Much of what you say I agree with. But Obama shares their aims and is doing what he can to bring them about.

    • I suspect none of us “really” knows what the biggest picture looks like. I say that with the utmost respect to us all. I just can’t seem to get rid of a nagging feeling that while we all suspect that a rise of Islamicism is being encouraged, in the end they and us are being gamed to an even larger end.
      If we from our lowly positions are frustrated by inefficiencies everywhere, and the wasted manpower that could move the human race forward, how much more by those who would like to harness the world with themselves at the reins.
      A lot of my thought exersizes since the election have entailed assuming that we all see coming is merely part of a larger strategy that we have no way of knowing… except that if you put yourself in the position of the most powerful individuals in the world (not talking about Obama, one can safely assume he is the well-groomed and financed talented puppet we have always suspected him to be) one can make guesses at what a global oligarchy might look like. When can guess at what problems these individuals need to solve… yes I know this is far from original thinking, but I am thinking that recent technologies will offer unique opportunities to solve these problems, while leaving no fingerprint… at first.
      1) overpopulation 2) scattered allegience of the masses 3) Too many power players with individual agenda’s 4) Too much resistance to more centralized control of education (programming) 5) Too many weapons in the hands of citizens.
      Things are now in the works to solve all of these problems IMO. One must remain optimistic, but not ignore the possibility that whatever the plans are, they will succeed just like Obama’s reelection. I am busy trying to score enough cash in the stockmarket that I can set up and stock a good fall back position…. hope for the best, plan for the worst… first however I will take that 6 month sabbatical in Costa Rica and finish writing my novel.

  • liz

    At worst, civil war, and/or a mililtary takeover. Then we’ll join every other banana republic, having a coup and a new dictator every couple of years, while the country goes to hell, returning to peasants and ruling class.

    All so these idiots who think they’re so smart can have their glorious utopia…

    It really makes sense – wreck the system so you can rule over it’s ruins.
    They infiltrated and poisoned the system for the last 50 years for this???
    All while witnessing failure after failure of their experiment sink to into oblivion.

  • consvltvs

    Well, I hope this is wrong (or at least premature). But just in case, and while it’s still legal, better buy that AR-15 and a thousand rounds of .223 or so. Just tell your spouse it’s for the “zombie apocalypse.” (Then, if you’re not trained, find a reputable class and learn how to be safe and responsible.)

    • I’m better supplied than that even. I am not concerned about an attack of the zombie Liberals, what are they .gonna do… throw flaming juggling sticks at me? I actually have a lot more faith in the types of people who will be restoring order, than those who are trying to cause chaos. As I have said many times, I think those who think they will have a playground if they can only “bring down the system” are in for a rude awakening when they realize it is the conservatives and Libertarians who have been stockpiling most of the weapons… and liberals don’t join the active duty, reserves, or national guard in nearly the numbers that conservatives do…and of course Criminals can’t;-)

  • It may seem ironic to some that the next revolution may actually be carried out by Conservatives and Libertarians… although it shouldn’t. Don’t discount the fact that the military is still conservative leaning, and while it will take the country being in extreme dire straits for the military to consider refusing orders to put down such a rebellion, don’t discount the possibility of the ultimate check and balance against power taking place.

    Inevitable Off Topic: Many scoff at the idea of Obama being aligned with the islamists, they point to the fact that he is taking out Al Qaeda leaders with numerous drone attacks. I should point out that the Islamists jockey amongst themselves for power and influence. They have taken out rival leaders and their lieutenants far more often than they have killed ours.

    Obama is demonstrating through the drone attacks who the Alpha is, and will be going forward. He is eliminating future rivals with the complicity (whether they suspect his true motives or not) of the CIA, NSA, DIA… This insures that at the proper moment none will despute his position at the front of the pack.

  • Frank

    It’s only going to get worse. Look around and take notes because very soon these will be the good old days.