The Cloward–Piven Strategy

Update (20190503): Mr Schlicher wrote:

One thing liberals haven’t really thought through is how Cloward-Piven can also work for us.

I can’t believe I never wrote anything about this before.

Another lefty political strategy
. In this case, as “outlined in 1966 by American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven that called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a socialist system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty“.

Primarily something used to pressure the Democrats for the purposes sketched out above, it seems to be – or is theorized to have become – a general purpose theory. An article from 2014 at the Blaze:

The flood of immigrants at our borders today is neither an accident nor a surprise. It is an extension of the Cloward-Piven Strategy – the goal of which has been known for 50 years.

In a 1966 article in Nation, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, sociology professors at Columbia University, wrote that capitalism should be collapsed by overloading the government with financial demands that could not be met.

The strategy is to collapse the financial system. The tactic is chaos. If a crisis does not exist, create one. The more chaos the better. The solution is always couched in empathetic words like “fair,” “equal,” “humane” and “just.”

There were many such articles back in the Obama times. On the other hand, the activities on the border of late trying to overwhelm the Border Patrol seem to confirm this theory in action as well.

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