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Cloward and Piven, and Other So Called Conspiracies

March 2, 2011 Day 1 No Comments

“The ‘Cloward-Piven Strategy’ seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.”

This webpage is dedicated to show the misguided and dangerous theory of the Cloward and Piven strategy. It will also look at not only Cloward and Piven, but other like minded people, strategies and theories being used to create the chaos we see in today’s world. The Cloward–Piven strategy is a strategy outlined in 1966 by American sociologists and activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. These two policital activists called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to create a crisis that would lead to the replacement of the welfare system to a national system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”. Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were married and both professors at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Their strategy was created and published in a May 1966 article in a liberal magazine called The Nation titled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty”

The two believed that many Americans who were were on welfare were not receiving benefits, and that an enrollment drive would cause stress to the local budgets, creating a crisis at the state and local levels. This would cause the would be a federal government, and the Democratic party to wake up and fix the problem. There would also be side benefits from this strategy, an “easing the plight of the poor in the short-term (through their participation in the welfare system); shoring up support for the national Democratic Party then-splintered by pluralistic interests (through its cultivation of poor and minority constituencies by implementing a national “solution” to poverty); and relieving local governments of the financially and politically onerous burdens of public welfare (through a national “solution” to poverty)[citation needed].”

“Some men aren’t looking for anything logical like money, they can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned,or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn….”


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