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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A fine, fine rant (slightly reformatted):

“Ohio passed a bill outlawing abortion after detection of the fetal heartbeat. But not before an amendment was proposed by lawmaker Janine Boyd to exempt African American women from the new regulations.

So, is Ms. Boyd some sort of retrograde racist/KKK type who managed to sneak onto the Ohio legislature and is now fighting to implement a covert white supremacist agenda? You might well think so, but as a matter of fact, Ms. Boyd is a progressive Democrat and an African American. So why would a black woman want fewer black babies just like the evil white supremacists presumably do? Why are their interests so closely aligned?

I think it’s because at its core, progressivism is a philosophy of death. Despite all of its high-minded rhetoric about human rights, equality, fairness, grrl power, and liberation from oppression (all of which, by the way, it pretty much stole from the Christian church), progressivism is really nothing more than a demonic suicidal death cult. That’s all it ever is, and ever can be. And when there’s nothing else left to murder, it will turn on itself. All progressives ever actually produce is death: dead cultures, dead countries, dead economies, dead higher education, dead races, dead children, dead babies, and a dead future. The ultimate purpose of progressivism is that we might have death, and that we might have it more abundantly.”

There’s more there too.

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Right or Commodity?

In response to a (tweet-)claim by Bernie Sanders:

Health care is not a commodity. It is a human right. And the goal of a sane health care system should be to keep people well, not to make stockholders rich. That is why we need Medicare for All.

Comes this response:

Health care can be scarce and requires providers. Rights are not scarce and do not require providers. Health care is a commodity, not a right.

Or as someone else wrote, An inalienable right cannot be dependent on the labor of someone else.

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The Motte and Bailey Tactic

Every post at Ace is worth at least a glance. For example, I got to this post by reading today’s Sunday Morning Book Thread which contained not just one, but two things of interest worth remembering.

First of all, there’s this:

Last week, in the discussion on the unavailability of Tommy Robinson’s book, “Mohammad’s Koran: Why Muslims Kill For Islam“, I neglected to mention the name of Tommy’s co-author, Peter McLoughlin, who has written his own book, “Easy Meat: Inside Britain’s Grooming Gang Scandal“, which really sounds quite depressing.

I accept that I should be more distraught or angry about this, but it’s not my country and I’ve run out of shits-to-give for countries intent on suicide. For the sake of completeness, I do document the same situation in Denmark because it’s not as well known and for the sake of language practice.

The second part of this post was the mention of the “Motte and Bailey tactic” which itself was an item explored at Ace a year before in conjunction with feminist activism.

This is due to the leftwing feminists’ dishonest use of the “Motte and Bailey” tactic in propaganda.

The Motte and Bailey tactic uses as its central metaphor a medieval castle. There are two main areas of it: the bailey, the useful but poorly defended area around the castle that must be defended, and the motte, the tower fortification itself, small but designed to resist assault.

The idea is that dishonest propagandists, such as feminists, will define “feminism” in two different versions: the Motte version, and the Bailey version.

The Motte version is the most defensible definition of feminism: that women are social and legal equals to men and should suffer no man-made impediments to their own pursuits of happiness.

Hard to argue against that — that’s why it’s the Motte. The peasantry retreats to the well-defended Motte when the area is under attack.

But feminists also deploy a Bailey definition of feminism: That feminism means that we must have abortion on demand and that there may be no dissent about this, that the Wage Gap which doesn’t exist must be eradicated by government action, that rape does not need to be proved by evidence, that some people with penises are actually women if they say they are, and so on.

Now, this terrain is harder to defend. This is the outlying area around the Motte — the Bailey. Feminists really intend feminism to mean this series of dubious and fringe ideas, but when you call them on it, they retreat to the Motte and say, “But Feminism only means that women should be social and legal equals; how can you disagree with that, YOU HATER?!!!”

Fascinating in that I immediately found a similarity with discussions about government funding and why we can’t cut anything. The Motte portion of government funding is the police, the fire department, the armed forces, roads, water pipes (to and from), etc. The Bailey is syringes for the homeless, bike paths, recycling, etc.

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Interesting tweet:

In San Francisco if you don’t clean up your dog’s poop, you can be fined $320. If you, however, decide to shit on the sidewalk, there is no fine and you can get free syringes. But please note that you nor your dog are allowed to use plastic straws. Plastic syringes? Totally fine

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… or a Cult

That is, environmentalism specifically or leftism generally. I wrote about this recently, but Powerline passed on a link to an article in Mediumcalling attention to how the climate change fanatics resemble nothing so much as a full-blown religious cult“.

The Medium article itself references and discusses the contents of a web page from the Cult Education Institute site that enumerates the “[t]en warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader“. Powerline also includes this discussion, but I’ll just give the list below.

  1. Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
  2. No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
  3. No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement.
  4. Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
  5. There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
  6. Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
  7. There are records, books, news articles, or television programs that document the abuses of the group/leader.
  8. Followers feel they can never be “good enough”.
  9. The group/leader is always right.
  10. The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.
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Fen Strikes Again

NB, I don’t actually know the commenter named Fen, I just find his comments perceptive. I also don’t often read Althouse, but I did and Fen was golden. He is commenting on the reactions of the leftists and GOPe to the fallout of the Mueller report via the persons of Inga and Chuck, respectively, who inhabit the blogs of Ms Althouse.

“Are the hyperventilaters mentally sound enough to be trusted?”

We continue to operate under the impression that these people are just like us, the flip side of our coin. That they would behave the way we would if we were in their shoes.

But the proof we are wrong is right here in front of us, lab rats in the form of Chuck and Inga. For 2 years they have hyperventilated at phantoms. And yesterday came the report that those phantoms never existed. Have they changed their behavior in light of this information?

No, they simply pretend it says what they always suspected, a feat of Alter Reality that shocks us with it’s audacity and complete lack of self-awareness and shame.

So when you ask if the Hyperventilating Candidates can be trusted, I answer: what difference does it make? In 6 months they will be pretending they never said Trump is an Shape-shifting Reptilian, and all of their Chucks and Ingas will brainwash themselves into believing WE are the loons for thinking the Hyperventilating Candidates said Trump is a Shape-shifting Reptilian.

That’s what 90% of these liberal comments on FB and WaPo are about – they aren’t arguing to convince us, they are crafting an alternate reality to brainwash themselves. If they post it, they bring life to their fantasy narrative and, for all intents and purposes, make it real. For them.

The Left will believe whatever their candidates tell them to believe. We have always been at war with EastAsia. Because Orange Man bad.

And we still attempt to reason with them?

Very Scott Adams-esque. The bolding was me, btw.

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The City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia, where everyday is a mass shooting. Here’s an interesting quote:

A new study from Temple University found that Philadelphia has seen 244 clusters of three or more gunshot patients rushed to a single hospital at once in an 11-year period. On three occasions, six or more patients were brought in as a single cluster.

It’s not just Philly. Pick a big city controlled by Democrats (from Instapundit, which is from where I got this link, Philadelphia’s last Republican mayor was in 1952), like LA or Chicago all the way down to South Bend, IN, or Birmingham, AL and gun violence is endemic. Gun Violence in U.S. Cities Compared to the Deadliest Nations in the World (see the map at this link).

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A Billion

I brought this up in the comments to a post of another blog. People were discussing how CNN had and has lousy ratings and how this matters. It doesn’t. Nolte wrote about this recently (his article has links):

[...] 90 million people pay money to CNN every month even though fewer than one million on average actually watch CNN.

Let’s see…

Even if you don’t watch CNN, you are still forced to pay for CNN.

It is called a carriage fee, and every month you subsidize this hate network to the tune of about $1.00 a month [...]

That means the welfare queens at CNN snatch about $90 million a month just because the game is rigged to force you to pay for a propaganda outlet that encourages and legitimizes violence, a hate network that runs one blacklisting campaign after another to de-platform conservatives or anyone who challenges that establishment.

This means the welfare queens at CNN are bringing in over a billion — that’s “billion” with a “B” — dollars a year [...]

Ratings? We don’t need no ratings.

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Leave it to Norm

In response to some know-it-all knucklehead, Norm asks:

Or are you just cynical because that’s easy?

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