Following up on Ann’s post earlier today, Bring us your poor and angry!, I’m posting this article from World Net Daily, ACORN born in leftist revolution, by Jerome Corsi. It’s a good short summary of the Cloward-Piven strategy which seeks, to quote David Horowitz’s website Discover the Networks, “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.”
It has four good links in it, and I’ll give them to you here in case you want to go directly to them for more information.
The first is to the original article by Cloward and Piven in the Nation in 1966 (though registration is required).
Second, the Discover the Networks page is here, and in addition to a very good article on the strategy it has more links to related articles.
Third, Sol Stern had a long and detailed article on ACORN in the City Journal of Spring 2003 titled ACORN’s Nutty Regime for Cities.
And fourth, here’s Jim Simpson’s American Thinker piece from September 28, 2008, titled Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis. Ann discussed this article when it first came out.
One reason I’m writing this post is that we’re sure to write more on the subject and I like to have the links handy. Over the 1-3/4 years we’ve been doing Refugee Resettlement Watch, we’ve discovered that there is much more to refugee matters than it first appeared. As with many social phenomena, the left finds refugees and refugee resettlement useful for various purposes. Now that we’re seeing revelations about how far-reaching and well-funded ACORN is, we want to know more about where our particular topic fits in and how it is possibly being used to help create chaos and revolution.
Addendum: Jim Simpson just sent me the links to the other two articles in his series on the Cloward-Piven strategy: Part I, Manufactured Crisis and Part III, Conspiracy of the Lemmings. Part II is the link from the American Thinker, above. All very worthwhile reading for understanding what is going on.