Is the Democratic party using the Cloward-Piven Strategy?

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The Cloward–Piven strategy is a political strategy outlined in 1966 by Americansociologists 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".

Cloward and Piven's article is focused on forcing the Democratic Party, which in 1966 controlled the presidency and both houses of the United States Congress, to take federal action to help the poor. They stated that full enrollment of those eligible for welfare "would produce bureaucratic disruption in welfare agencies and fiscal disruption in local and state governments" that would: "...deepen existing divisions among elements in the big-city Democratic coalition: the remaining white middle class, the working-class ethnic groups and the growing minority poor. To avoid a further weakening of that historic coalition, a national Democratic administration would be constrained to advance a federal solution to poverty that would override local welfare failures, local class and racial conflicts and local revenue dilemmas."[3]

They further wrote:

“The ultimate objective of this strategy—to wipe out poverty by establishing a guaranteed annual income—will be questioned by some. Because the ideal of individual social and economic mobility has deep roots, even activists seem reluctant to call for national programs to eliminate poverty by the outright redistribution of income.[3]

Michael Reisch and Janice Andrews wrote that Cloward and Piven "proposed to create a crisis in the current welfare system – by exploiting the gap between welfare law and practice – that would ultimately bring about its collapse and replace it with a system of guaranteed annual income. They hoped to accomplish this end by informing the poor of their rights to welfare assistance, encouraging them to apply for benefits and, in effect, overloading an already overburdened bureaucracy."[4]

Focus on DemocratsEdit
The authors pinned their hopes on creating disruption within the Democratic Party:

"Conservative Republicans are always ready to declaim the evils of public welfare, and they would probably be the first to raise a hue and cry. But deeper and politically more telling conflicts would take place within the Democratic coalition...Whites – both working class ethnic groups and many in the middle class – would be aroused against the ghetto poor, while liberal groups, which until recently have been comforted by the notion that the poor are few... would probably support the movement. Group conflict, spelling political crisis for the local party apparatus, would thus become acute as welfare rolls mounted and the strains on local budgets became more severe.”[5]

Cloward–Piven strategy - Wikipedia
 
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HHmmmmm let's see. After SPIKING at the end of 2008 and early 2009. Unemployment has steadily fallen and the number of people seeking any form of government assistance has fallen with it. We are at the lowest enrollments for all forms of welfare. SSDI, SNAP etc etc etc in more than two decades. Welfare is going to LESS than 1% (yes ONE percent) of the population. Even disability has seen a drop in applications. There simply aren't enough people enrolled to truly effect the outcome of a national election.
 
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YEAH....because....what a frickin' nightmare it would be to reform our welfare system (so politically incorrect) or our immigration system. Must be another Commie Plot from the Left? There are sooo many. Hard to keep them all straight.
Let's reinvent the Joe McCarthy era, complete with blackballing....cuz that worked so well.
 
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YEAH....because....what a frickin' nightmare it would be to reform our welfare system (so politically incorrect) or our immigration system. Must be another Commie Plot from the Left? There are sooo many. Hard to keep them all straight.
Let's reinvent the Joe McCarthy era, complete with blackballing....cuz that worked so well.
Except that the strategy literally is, in part:

1)Cause a crisis at the border, but claim it doesn't exist, using the left wing media for cover to escalate the crisis.(Yes. It literally says that. Look it up.)

2)Once the crisis can't be covered up any longer, demand the crisis be fixed now, create chaos, overwhelm the border, and destory the Capitalist system in an "emergency" where only Communism can be the solution, but call it Socialism...

Sound familiar?
 
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Except that the strategy literally is, in part:

1)Cause a crisis at the border, but claim it doesn't exist, using the left wing media for cover to escalate the crisis.(Yes. It literally says that. Look it up.)

2)Once the crisis can't be covered up any longer, demand the crisis be fixed now, create chaos, overwhelm the border, and destory the Capitalist system in an "emergency" where only Communism can be the solution, but call it Socialism...

Sound familiar?
You know what sounds familiar?? What sounds familiar is the ever-constant, drumbeating chant of "COMMUNISM".
Get a dictionary.
 
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You know what sounds familiar?? What sounds familiar is the ever-constant, drumbeating chant of "COMMUNISM".
Get a dictionary.
Dictionary descriptions of terms don't reflect the actions of those descriptions. Todays liberal is tomorrows "progressive" becomes the next days socialist and after all their gimmicks fail becomes communism if we allow it. The loonies harp on the slippery slope of regression they say is conservatism but fail to see their own slide into oblivion on the ash heap of communism.
 
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