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This from American Thinker, re: Cloward-Piven Strategy

02/23/2009
The Cloward-Piven Strategy of Orchestrated Crisis
In an earlier post, I noted the liberal record of unmitigated legislative disasters, the latest of which is now being played out in the financial markets before our eyes. Before the 1994 Republican takeover, Democrats had sixty years of virtually unbroken power in Congress – with substantial majorities most of the time. Can a group of smart people, studying issue after issue for years on end, with virtually unlimited resources at their command, not come up with a single policy that works? Why are they chronically incapable?
Why?
One of two things must be true. Either the Democrats are unfathomable idiots, who ignorantly pursue ever more destructive policies despite decades of contrary evidence, or they understand the consequences of their actions and relentlessly carry on anyway because they somehow benefit.

This ties in to the previous post about Alan Keyes. Students of the politik knew of this, and studiously avoided mentioning the tie.

The Strategy was first elucidated in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation magazine by a pair of radical socialist Columbia University professors, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. David Horowitz summarizes it as:
The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. 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.
Cloward and Piven were inspired by radical organizer [and Hillary Clinton mentor] Saul Alinsky:
“Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules,” Alinsky wrote in his 1989 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system’s failure to “live up” to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist “rule book” with a socialist one. (Courtesy Discover the Networks.org)
Read the rest. Absolutely the truth. Then think. Scares the shit out of one, no?
Now think about this. Remember that thing about “not letting a good crisis go to waste”? It’s in there, exactly. On and on.
Found that link here, where Michelle Malkin was talking about Glenn Becks show. Go read them both.

One Comment
  1. 03/01/2009 09:20

    It seems to me the best “counter measure” to this strategy would be the Libertarian approach. Fighting against big government. I think my greatest regret in the last election is ignoring the logic in supporting Ron Paul. Two reasons he did not appeal to me. The “whiney” quality in his voice when he spoke and his stand on withdrawing troops from Iraq. I have always felt that going into Iraq was not the best move, but when the Islamofacists imported Al Qaeda operatives to the theatre, it became critical to defeat them all. So many liberals refused to see the importance of making that stand until we could leave Iraqis to safely reinvent their own country and government without Al Qaeda and extremeists moving in and taking over!

    In retrospect, I don’t believe Dr. Paul would have acted in a way that went against the wishes of the American People and would be doing an organized withdrawl plan. Every candidate has to rework the plan once they enter the office and get the skinny on what is real that the rest of us don’t know because of national security. My biggest mistake IMHO… going with McCain because of my fear that Paul could not possibly win the White House on a third party ticket. My thinking that he could not lead the country and demonstrate strenght with his whiney little voice and fragile appearance… well, that’s where my tendency to “profile according to preconcieved notions” caused my regret. I have to wonder how many others did the same thing???

    Discover the Networks is a great source of figuring out extremist agendas when you sift through the News. They do the homework the main stream media refuses to do in their proproganda rags!

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