The Cloward-Piven strategy was developed by professors Richard Cloward and Francis Fox Piven during the 1960s. In their strategy, Cloward and Piven outlined a plan to implement monumental changes in America by abusing the nation to the point of destruction. Rather than dismissing this radical idea, the left has chosen to largely adopt the strategy and assist in its materialization.
The Cloward-Piven strategy was originally published as “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty” in The Nation on May 2, 1966. The primary objective of the strategy is to create chaos with the hopes of destroying America’s capitalist economy and replacing it with a socialist system that includes guaranteed incomes. For their malicious dreams to come to fruition, Cloward and Piven recommended “a massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls.” However, this is not because Cloward and Piven are altruists. Rather, they are anarchists. The point of surging welfare claims is to enroll as many individuals as it takes to send the United States into an economic crisis.
Cloward and Piven specifically mention targeting America’s large cities for their colossal welfare push. As Cloward and Piven put it, “A series of welfare drives in large cities would, we believe, impel action on a new federal program to distribute income.” The duo also asserts that conditions on benefits, such as work requirements, are “violations of civil liberties throughout the nation, and in a pervasive oppression of the poor.”
An artificially ballooned welfare system is not the only element of the Cloward-Piven strategy. In their blueprints, Cloward and Piven reveal that the best way to achieve their goals is to create a new loyal voting block out of the rapidly increasing number of welfare recipients. According to Cloward and Piven, “If organizers can deliver millions of dollars in cash benefits to the ghetto masses, it seems reasonable to expect that the masses will deliver their loyalty to their benefactors.” This is one of the oldest schemes in humanity’s existence: feudalism. This ancient structure is being developed in America today, particularly with record levels of illegal immigration. Through their complicity in the border crisis, the left is aiming to develop an army of loyal serfs who will work to destroy America, whether knowingly or unknowingly. This has been replicated numerous times, with tyrants throughout history importing non-citizens who are ultimately used against the best interests of the domestic population.
The theories of Cloward and Piven insist that the intentional destruction of America’s major systems will compel the federal government to develop a communist universal basic income program. This was explicitly stated by the pair when they wrote, “If this strategy were implemented, a political crisis would result that could lead to legislation for a guaranteed annual income.” The two reiterated this when declaring, “The ultimate aim of this strategy is a new program for direct income distribution.” Furthermore, both Cloward and Piven agreed that the mainstream media would play a critical role in their organized attack against America. To quote Cloward and Piven, “As the crisis develops, it will be important to use the mass media to inform the broader liberal community about the inefficiencies and injustices of welfare.”
All of this explains the policies of those on the radical left. In fact, Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the so-called “Squad” have been directly commended by Piven. To quote Piven, “What people like AOC are doing, what the Squad is doing, is really very important.” It should be noted that Piven is both an active member and honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Additionally, the Cloward-Piven strategy explains the left’s fixation on exploiting every crisis they possibly can. Back in 2008, Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, infamously proclaimed, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” Radical Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez have adhered to this notion. To advance the “Green New Deal” agenda, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has bombastically alleged, “The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” Ocasio-Cortez is by no means the first climate alarmist to place a doomsday timer on the planet. In 2006, Democrat Al Gore notoriously predicted, “Within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return.” More recently, Democrats utilized the existence of COVID-19 to strategically enact illicit election rules and procedures, ultimately allowing them to obtain increased political power in 2020. Still, these are far from the only examples. The list of situations where leftists have maliciously created or exploited a crisis is seemingly endless.
Despite many parallels to the platform of modern Democrats, the Cloward-Piven strategy is rarely mentioned in major political discussions. While most of America ignores the strategy, it is being forced upon the developing and impressionable minds of children. In American high school curriculums, the Cloward-Piven strategy is praised and compared to the American Revolution. According to a lesson by University of Northern Colorado professor Christopher Muscato, “The Cloward-Piven strategy is a political gambit designed to overwhelm the American government by placing so many demands on the bureaucratic structure that it collapses…It may be messy, but it does hearken back to a fundamental ideology of the American republic: If it ain’t fixed, break it.”
The America outlined by Cloward and Piven has sadly now taken shape. Each and every day, the U.S. is infiltrated by a growing number of illegal immigrants. In an average month of Joe Biden’s presidency, at least 200,000 individuals will illegally enter the United States. Illegal crossings are only expected to increase after the recent expiration of Title 42. Estimates suggest that approximately 63% of non-citizens are actively accessing one or more forms of taxpayer-funded welfare. Comparatively, just 35% of U.S. households receive some form of welfare. A consistent influx of welfare recipients is exactly what Cloward and Piven proposed to ambush America. Furthermore, as was also proposed by Cloward and Piven, large cities are already expanding beyond simply bloated welfare rolls and towards a communist system that includes universal basic incomes. So-called universal basic income programs exist in at least 50 areas across the country. Significant cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Austin, and New York. Many of the aforementioned projects have been directly funded by Biden’s radical “American Rescue Plan”. Finally, the mainstream media is actively executing their role in the Cloward-Piven strategy as well, colluding with progressives to advance narratives that are favorable to themselves.
The United States currently faces an existential threat under the leadership of Joe Biden. However, Biden is not the brain behind the disaster that America is living through. Instead, America’s immigration crisis and growing economic crisis were both plotted more than five decades ago by professors Cloward and Piven. The left had plans to make Biden’s America a reality as far back as the 1960s, but they lacked enough resources to do so. Now in the 2020s, the left has seized enough political power to be able to execute the Cloward-Piven strategy, and they are most definitely not letting any crisis which they have artificially created go to waste.
Parker Bono is an 18-year-old patriot from Southern California. Before joining AMAC, Parker wrote a total of 6 books as a teenager. He wrote his first book when he was just 13 years old. Parker is also an active member of his community. He has worked on nearly a dozen different political campaigns and has helped get conservative candidates elected to an array of government positions.
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