Last night we heard from reader Thomas in response to the Manchester Somali story I posted yesterday. He confirms for us that the Cloward-Piven strategy* to overload the welfare system with poor and angry people was well-established in radical leftwing circles 40 years ago! Thank goodness we are all catching on, I just hope it’s not too late for us.
Thomas, thanks for the kind words (and don’t apologize, many of us who are the most vocal, and can see the truth, also came from the Left in our youth). Readers, check out all the comments at the Union Leader. So far this morning I don’t see Thomas’s, but be sure to follow the instructions to get to the full list of comments which have indeed been moved.
Thanks for the attention to my hometown of Manchester NH. I made a comment on this UL article and referenced your website, if that is all right. Someone there mentioned Cloward and Piven, and boy– that set me off! I first learned of them in the late 60s when I was pretty radical in certain Democrat student organizations while at NYU. (I am not proud of that, by the way, and I am truly trying to make amends for my past embracing of twisted social experiments). Somehow I don’t think my comment will be allowed to post at the UL, though.
I have been visiting your website much in the past year as refugee developments in the United States (specifically in my neighbor state of Maine) have peaked my curiosity. Here in the UK the refugee mess (shoveling tax money toward so-called refugees who very often scam the govt system) has spiralled out of control in the last 3 years and I see the U.S. is following suit. This horrifies me to no end.
I will be moving my family back to New Hampshire in about 10 weeks after my contract is up here. I will no longer be employed, as my department has been transferred to Asia. But that is another story; Perhaps I can be classified as a refugee from the UK?
Thanks Thomas, good luck in Manchester. The way things are going in that “welcoming” city you will feel like you haven’t even left the UK!
* Please visit or revisit our discussion of Cloward-Piven in our Community destabilization category and when you read this post consider my assertion below:
When you read the Nation article, note that Cloward and Piven were very conscious of the concept of the ‘presumption of good intentions.’ In other words, they knew that this political strategy would go undetected for a very long time because it would be hidden from their average do-gooder minions by the presumption that this was all about aiding the downtrodden.