We’ve been writing at RRW about the Cloward-Piven Strategy—a Far Left plan hatched in the 1960’s to bring down city (or state) governments by overwhelming welfare systems thereby forcing a greater federal role in the redistribution of wealth and ultimately a change in our form of government (or at least that is the plan). Famed New Zealand blogger Trevor Loudon (Judy and I met him in Washington here) has unearthed additional documentation of the strategy and posted it today at New Zeal.
My theory is that as more Americans moved into the middle class (or were becoming more conservative) we were running out of poor people willing to demonstrate and demand goodies from public welfare — enter the immigrant pawns.
Loudon now presents more evidence of the strategy (he must live in musty libraries!):
Many commentators on the U.S. left have tried to minimize the significance and importance of the Cloward-Piven Strategy, made famous by writer James Simpson* and TV personality Glenn Beck.
According to Simpson and Beck, Columbia University sociologists, husband and wife team Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, devised a strategy in the early 1960s, to crash the U.S. economy and bring on socialist revolution by deliberately overloading state welfare rolls to the point of bankruptcy.
Many on the left regard this hypotheses as gross exaggeration at best, deliberate misrepresentation at worst.
Cloward and Piven outlined their strategy at the Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference , held September 9-11, 1966 at the Hotel Commodore, New York, in a panel entitled; “Poverty and Powerlessness Organizing the Poor: Can it Be Done?”
Read it all at New Zeal!
* We recently hosted Jim Simpson at our local Tea Party!