With the sudden rise of democratic socialist politicians like Bill de Blasio, who recently said, “Wealth is in the wrong hands,” and hyperactive teen queen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who vows to eradicate poverty by punishing the wealthy, it is increasingly apparent that progressives are committed to “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
What is also apparent is that as a prescription for change, the left still puts faith in the 53-year-old Saul Alinsky-inspired Cloward-Piven strategy.
In the mid-1960s, the late Richard Cloward and wife, Canadian-born Frances Fox Piven, who, at 87 years old, is still stirring up trouble, were radical, anti-capitalist, democratic socialist professors teaching at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. At the time, the couple came up with a tactic to strengthen the Democratic Party by putting the federal government in charge of wealth redistribution.
In a 1966 piece in The Nation entitled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty” Cloward-Piven stressed that racial and economic disparities were formidable catalysts capable of ushering in radical change. The Cloward-Piven game plan was simple: overburden the welfare system with eligible poor people, precipitating a financial collapse that would necessitate a socialistic fix.
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