Memory Lane: Use the Poor to Fuel the Revolution

I remembered this post from nearly eleven years ago when I responded to a readers comment just now.

Of course, I’ve been saying that gnashing our teeth about how we got here (in chaos) is likely a waste of time at this point when we need to be devoting our full attention to getting Trump re-elected and saving our economy and our selves!   Nevertheless, this might be a useful reminder of the Left’s goals in adding more and more poor black and brown people to American towns and cities.

Cloward-Piven: Use the poor to bring on the revolution

Full text (November 2009):

If you are a regular reader, you know one of the themes we have been writing about is what I call “community destabilization,” we have a whole category for those posts, here.  And, you know we write about the Cloward-Piven strategy as part of that discussion.

Cloward and Piven, while professors at Columbia University (Obama’s alma mater), penned a 1966 treatise in Nation magazine in which they outlined a strategy to bring about a revolution in America.

I wrote about it most recently, here.  Simply stated the strategy involved flooding the welfare system with so many impoverished people that the system would collapse and that would pave the way for a new form of government—a government that would redistribute the wealth and provide a guaranteed income for everyone.

Below is another shocking segment from that article.  We are often lectured about what is the moral thing to do about refugees, but let me ask all of you, what is moral about this Far Left strategy?

Remember immigrants and refugees are today’s poor.  As unfashionable as the word is, frankly, I call this strategy to place as many people as possible on the welfare system and use them for promotion of a radical political ideology downright evil.*  (Emphasis below mine)

To generate an expressly political movement, cadres of aggressive organizers would have to come from the civil rights movement and the churches, from militant low-income organizations like those formed by the Industrial Areas Foundation (that is, by Saul Alinsky), and from other groups on the Left. These activists should be quick to see the difference between programs to redress individual grievances and a large-scale social-action campaign for national policy reform.

Movements that depend on involving masses of poor people have generally failed in America. Why would the proposed strategy to engage the poor succeed?

First, this plan promises immediate economic benefits. This is a point of some importance because, whereas America’s poor have not been moved in any number by radical political ideologies, they have sometimes been moved by their economic interests. Since radical movements in America have rarely been able to provide visible economic incentives, they have usually failed to secure mass participation of any kind. The conservative “business unionism” of organized labor is explained by this fact, for membership enlarged only as unionism paid off in material benefits. Union leaders have understood that their strength derives almost entirely from their capacity to provide economic rewards to members. Although leaders have increasingly acted in political spheres, their influence has been directed chiefly to matters of governmental policy affecting the well-being of organized workers. The same point is made by the experience of rent strikes in Northern cities. Their organizers were often motivated by radical ideologies, but tenants have been attracted by the promise that housing improvements would quickly be made if they withheld their rent.

Second, for this strategy to succeed, one need not ask more of most of the poor than that they claim lawful benefits. Thus the plan has the extraordinary capability of yielding mass influence without mass participation, at least as the term “participation” is ordinarily understood. Mass influence in this case stems from the consumption of benefits and does not require that large groups of people be involved in regular organizational roles.  [Of course not, the smart people, the elite radicals, would call all the shots!]

Moreover, this kind of mass influence is cumulative because benefits are continuous. Once eligibility for basic food and rent grants is established, the drain on local resources persists indefinitely. Other movements have failed precisely because they could not produce continuous and cumulative influence.

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.

I must say this ‘strategy’ is the only logical explanation for why we are still pouring refugees into the US right now when there is little or no work for them and they are being “warehoused” in decrepit apartment buildings, like those in Bowling Green, KY.  Incidentally, even if refugees have chicken plant jobs they still receive various forms of public assistance because the meatpackers no longer pay a living wage.

I wonder did Cloward and Piven ever anticipate the involvement of big businesses as allies in the revolution?  See this post from August in which I list strange bedfellows on the open borders issue.

* I have to laugh, after I posted this, I see that Ann Coulter also suggested Far Left Liberal strategies were “evil” when she said their motto is: 

 Speak loudly and carry a small victim!

Learn about Alinsky and laugh at them!

Just a quick further note on that Vox article (“bizzaro rant” cute huh!) about me yesterday.
It is important to know that the Left loves Alinsky—Saul Alinsky—and they have learned his lessons well. So, you need  to learn them too.  Read Rules for Radicals! (short description here at wikipedia)

Remember when Obama, America’s #1 community organizer, first entered the White House, his administration tried Rule 13 on Rush Limbaugh, but it didn’t work! Ha! Ha! Ha!

BTW, if you didn’t know, Alinsky’s book is dedicated to Lucifer!
What Vox (and others) are doing now is employing Rule #13, not just against me, but against so many more important people on our team:

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

What they don’t understand is that I get energized by attacks like that!
And here is the rule you should be applying to them! Use Rule #5:

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

The war for the future of our great country is now well underway. Find your place in it! And, laugh!

eBay founder's publication 'The Intercept' having hissy fit over refugee resettlement backlash

The reporter (Lee Fang) for ‘The Intercept’ singles out a wealthy California man as its target in his piece in which he is literally freaking-out over all of us.  The implication here is that without this one man, there would be no backlash against the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program.

Ebay founder
Pierre Morad Omidyar is the billionaire founder of eBay (an Iranian) and ‘The Intercept’ is his creation. Don’t you just love it when Leftwing wealthy funders of political causes have hissy fits when they find there are big money people on the right. OT! He is wearing a Nature Conservancy hat here—the TNC operates very similarly to the wealthy refugee resettlement contractors as it too harms unsuspecting citizens in small town America (I know from vast past experience!).

I love to read stories like this one because it means you are having a huge impact!
By the way, he (Fang) is using Alinsky Rule 13 (we discussed Rule 13 here in 2009). Alinsky taught his followers in ‘Rules for Radicals’ to target individuals because they hurt more quickly than institutions.

It won’t work because the movement to hold back the tide of third world migration to America is much much larger than this one California man.

And, what Fang and eBay founder Omidyar don’t want their readers to know is that there are thousands of citizens working on this issue who are paid by no one and fueled only by a desire to save America—economically and culturally!  If Mr. Shillman went away today, it wouldn’t matter because we are fed by passion and patriotism, not cash.
The Intercept:

Strident calls to reject Syrian refugees fueled by wealthy California donor

While humanitarian groups and religious charities across the country are urging the U.S. to open its arms to refugees fleeing the bloody conflicts in Syria and Iraq, a number of bloggers and political pundits are beating the drums of intolerance, using conspiracy theories and anti-Muslim rhetoric to mobilize the American public against accepting migrants escaping war.

Several of the leading voices in this effort are sponsored by Robert Shillman, a wealthy donor to conservative causes who lives in Rancho Santa Fe, a suburb of San Diego.

Shillman, who did not respond to a request for comment, is the founder and chairman of Cognex Corp., a company that produces manufacturing technology.

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at FrontPage Magazine, has argued that the only “genuine refugees” are “Christian and non-Muslim” and that the U.S. should not accept any Muslims from the conflict in Syria because those fleeing the region “are not victims, they are perpetrators.”

This is what makes me laugh: the reporter would like his readers to think that Shillman had something to do with Spartanburg and St. Cloud.  I bet the majority of those demanding answers in those cities have never even heard of Shillman.

Shillman Journalism Fellow articles about the dangers of accepting Syrian refugees have gone viral over the last two months, with versions reposted on conservative blogs and news hubs. Fear of Syrian migrants has fueled anger in small towns that fear they will become hosts for Islamic terrorists. Residents in cities such as Spartanburg, South Carolina, and St. Cloud, Minnesota, have organized opposition to the possibility of refugee resettlement efforts.

Asked earlier this year by Reuters about his support for David Horowitz and Pamella Geller, two well-known anti-Muslim activists, Shillman explained that he is not anti-Muslim, but rather simply more outspoken than most business leaders. “Most CEOs are hired guns and their future depends on what their boards think of them. I don’t give a fuck,” he said.

Best antidote to Rule 13—Rule 5!  Laugh at them!
There is lots of amusing stuff in here, continue reading.

Bob Enos of Willmar, MN speaks, won't be deterred!

Editor: If you missed it over the weekend, please go here and read all about the two events in St. Cloud, Minnesota on Saturday.
One was a small gathering including union organizers and Somali refugees protesting—what were they protesting?  They had planned to protest against a local VFW post for daring to allow a group to talk about their concerns about the direction St. Cloud and Minnesota in general are going as one of the top states in the nation resettling third world refugees.

A good time was had by all who attended the barbecue at the Granite VFW. Photo courtesy of an attendee.

The other gathering was to support the VFW and to defend free speech which attracted hundreds to the Granite VFW.   You wouldn’t know much about the VFW event if you only read and watched the local media which presented only one side of the story.
Because the Somali supporters realized their folly with their plans to attack the VFW, they have centered their attack on Bob. Bob?  Yes, Bob Enos who we showed you here making a calm and reasoned presentation to his local governing body.

What Ms. Jane Conrad (the union organizer) and her friends at the St. Cloud State University are doing is using Alinsky Rule 13.

The local media, both the St. Cloud Times and WCCO (CBS Minnesota) are aiding and abetting Ms. Conrad and should be ashamed of their one-sided reporting.  I can’t guess their motivations, whether it is just the fact that most mainstream media, masquerading as supposedly unbiased, is owned and controlled by biased people with an agenda, or they are just generally not knowledgeable about organizing techniques of the Leftists/Progressives (or whatever you want to call them) and fall for the tactics.
This is Rule 13 (Rules for Radicals):
Rules for Radicals

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

So, what I am saying folks is that this is what they will do to you in your ‘Pockets of Resistance,’ be ready for it!  Don’t be deterred, remember it is a tactic (one that Obama learned in his community organizing days and uses to this day!) and the best thing to do is to laugh at them taking comfort in the fact that, if you are getting flak like this, you are over the target!

They only have one weapon, they throw out that word “racist” and think they can make you go away.  Take away the power of that word and they have nothing!

Don’t cower, if they have labeled you a “racist,” an “Islamophobe,” a “nativist” or a “xenophobe” wear it as an acknowledgment of your growing power!  Others in your group must rally around the “target.”
Bob Enos was accused of “racism” for asking for fiscal accountability regarding refugee resettlement.  Ms. Conrad and the local media expect him to slink away, instead, below he gives us more background on what happened and what he thinks about it!  (Emphasis is mine)
Bob Enos:

I received this link from a supporter yesterday. WCCO reporter Kathy Raddatz crafted a story that revolved around my participation in a meeting of St. Cloud citizens at the VFW this week. The meeting was supposed to have featured a speaker, Ron Brantsner, who was to talk about the economic impact of refugee resettlement on the taxpayers of Stearns County. I did not plan to attend the meeting, as I’m familiar with Mr. Brantsner’s presentation. When protesters intimidated the VFW into cancelling Mr. Brantsner’s presentation, I felt compelled to drive to St. Cloud in order to support the group, known locally as the Committee for Peace in Saint Cloud. When I arrived, it was clear the group could use a “pep talk”, and I was all too happy to provide it. Neither the protesters nor other members of Saint Cloud’s Somali community had sought to attend.

Here is the news clip.

It is a sad day when my calls for transparency, citizen participation, and requiring our elected government to live within its means can be branded racism. I suppose that, had I questioned the cost of filling potholes, I’d be branded anti-pothole. What is also noteworthy is that, while WCCO found a gathering of three dozen Somalis and college students newsworthy, our simultaneous gathering of nearly 300 supporters of the service of veterans and the First Amendment rights that so many of them fought and died for received hardly a drop of ink in the local paper or a mention in the TV report.

I support the rights of protesters to express their opinions. It’s a shame the protesters don’t see this is a two-way street.

Incidentally, it has been reported that several professors at Saint Cloud State University, headed by professor Mark Jaede, used the internal SDSU email server – a violation of university policy – for the non-university purpose of encouraging students and staff to protest our First Amendment right to free speech. [See what Jaede did here—ed] In my day, a major purpose of universities was to encourage critical thinking, discussion, and debate. Today, it seems these professors choose to provide a very different role model to their young students: if you don’t like the opinions of people with whom you disagree, simply bully, berate, and intimidate them until they shut up. Perhaps that is why their protest was staged only by professors, college students, and the beneficiaries of taxpayer largesse. You won’t see any ordinary working class Americans on their podium. We were busy supporting our veterans and supporting the greatness of this country.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, friends: “first they ignored me; then they scorned me; then they fought me; then I prevailed.”

I figure I’m three-quarters of the way to my goal.

For more, see our extensive archive on St. Cloud and this post is filed in our new “Pockets of Resistance” category created so others of you might be able to quickly research what other resistance fighters are doing around the country.
About Alinsky’s Rules: Dedicated to Satan, every one of you must get Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, it is a disgusting but necessary read.  Here is Alinsky:

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”

Texas: number one refugee resettlement state in the nation (primer part III, what to do!)

Because I’m going to Texas tomorrow, over the last two days I posted a couple of information posts on Texas (see Part I and Part II).  I really only skimmed the surface, but hopefully provided information many of you had not seen before.  But, now I hope that isn’t the end of it!
I believe with all my heart that if we don’t get immigration under control immediately, and I mean both LEGAL and illegal immigration we won’t recognize America in the next decade.  Our unique American culture does matter and western civilization is superior and we are going to have to work to keep it.  You need only look to Europe to see what is in store for us if we don’t get to work now!

Cecilia Munoz, Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett are winning! They are changing America by changing the people. You have 16-17 months to regain control and elect a president willing to turn this around.

So for Texans, and everyone, first find a few like-minded citizens in your state to help you.   Don’t wring your hands if there aren’t a hundred people willing to give up a little time shopping, watching TV or barbecuing, you only need 4 or 5 to begin your community organizing!
Yes, just like the Left, you have to ‘community organize!’  There is no silver bullet to stop this.  It is going to take a lot of plain old hard work!

* I recommend keeping your organization(s) loose.  You don’t need to run right out and try to get a 501(c) IRS designation which will only slow you down.  You don’t need a tax designation to proceed with using your free speech! Come up with a name for the group.  But, don’t discourage others if they want to form their own groups.  The Left does that all the time—2 people here is a group, and three over there!
* Do your homework.  Get the facts about refugee resettlement in your state.  The other side has for years kept this program as secret as they could for a reason.  That reason is that when people learn how it works, they are stunned and they don’t want it!  Knowledge is power.  The refugee industry doesn’t like it when you know how it works!
* In addition to learning how the program works, find out who is pushing refugee resettlement in your community.  Find and expose the elected officials, the business leaders (the Chamber of Commerce!), industry leaders (meatpackers for one!), rich foundations and the church leaders responsible for pouring immigrants into your town or state.  This is one of Barack Obama’s favorite Alinsky rules—the name and shame rule.  We can use it too!
* And, this is my number one harangueYou must have some way of posting or reporting on everything you learn and for that I recommend a blog or website where you can keep an archive of reports and documents as well as the latest news.  Facebook works too, but it is somewhat limiting as some people don’t use facebook.  You need to get your information out around your local media to your people and to new people who join you, or would like to join you, along the way.  And, for goodness sakes, if more than one person in the state wants to maintain a website, go for it!  Many voices are better than one because they can’t then shut you all up!
* But, you must use your local media too!  You need to use every avenue of the media that you possibly can.  Letters-to-the-editor and opinion pieces in local newspapers will get the information outside of your circle.   Local talk radio is great on this subject.
* Look for opportunities to get press—a rally, a guest speaker or even the release of a new report from your group are all reasons to put out press releases.  The goal is to spread the message to ever-widening circles.
* Find someone (or several) in your group willing to be speakers for civic groups around the state.  Develop a power point presentation and take it from town to town speaking to tea parties, American legions, or even rotary clubs.  This is why your facts are so important, especially the economic facts.  People will be really concerned when they see how much of the US Refugee Program is being foisted off on to local taxpayers.
* Elected officials hate noise!  Like it or not, you are going to have to bug every elected official at all levels of government.  Your mayors and city leaders will try to get out of any responsibility claiming this is a federal issue, don’t let them get away with that.  The truth is, if the federal government meets a lot of local organized resistance including from the local elected officials, the feds and their resettlement contractors will move on to other softer targets.
Letters and e-mails to elected officials are not enough anymore. You will have to get in their faces when they are in the district or state, and for goodness sakes get in the faces of the Presidential candidates as they tour the country.  Ask them where they stand on refugee resettlement and other LEGAL immigration programs that have gotten way too large and way too out of control.  Don’t let them get away with that tired old line:  Legal immigration is good, illegal is bad!
And, I am sorry to say, for Texas, your governors and your US Senators for the last decade and more have allowed the immigration mushroom cloud to grow over the state, why?  Why are they willing to see Texas turned BLUE?
* Last but not least, join forces nationally.  Hopefully we will be setting up a data base (state by state) of activists on this issue, so we can connect you within your states, and so we can act swiftly when national action is required.   Stay tuned for more on that.

We are up against a lot of power and a lot of money, but don’t let that discourage you!

Again, if we don’t get immigration under control and soon, nothing else matters!

Don’t be afraid!  Who cares if they call you names!
Calling you names is the only power the other side has over you, take that power away by not cowering to their name-calling!  Consider it a badge of honor if they call you a racist, a xenophobe or an islamophobe!

Editor:  This was not meant to be an exhaustive list of organizing ideas.  If you have others, please send them as comments and I’ll add them here as updates to this post.