Monday, March 23, 2009

The Cloward-Piven Strategy

The playbook for the Obama Administration (aside from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, read from the looter's point of view): by creating orchestrated crisis (i.e., government incompetence is deliberate), the radical left can overthrow capitalism and install a socialist state. This is also known as the Cloward-Piven Strategy. A few choice nuggets from this article:

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. ...To achieve their revolutionary change, Cloward and Piven sought to use a cadre of aggressive organizers assisted by friendly news media to force a re-distribution of the nation's wealth....

No matter where the strategy is implemented, it shares the following features:
(1) The offensive organizes previously unorganized groups eligible for government benefits but not currently receiving all they can.
(2) The offensive seeks to identify new beneficiaries and/or create new benefits.
(3) The overarching aim is always to impose new stresses on target systems, with the ultimate goal of forcing their collapse....

Cloward and Piven looked at this strategy as a gold mine of opportunity. Within the newly organized groups, each offensive would find an ample pool of foot soldier recruits willing to advance its radical agenda at little or no pay, and expand its base of reliable voters, legal or otherwise. The radicals' threatening tactics also would accrue an intimidating reputation, providing a wealth of opportunities for extorting monetary and other concessions from the target organizations. In the meantime, successful offensives would create an ever increasing drag on society. As they gleefully observed: "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."
So next time you shake your head and wonder why we don't know how the bailout funds were spent, or how Timothy Geithner could have known about the AIG bonuses as early as last fall... remember this.

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