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By:  David Deschesne

Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal

June 25, 2014


Cloward & Piven  Strategy

Destroying a Country through the bankruptcy of socialism


   The Revolutionary War, a/k/a the War for Independence, was fought to free ourselves from the moneyed interests who controlled the king of England and who confiscated our wealth unjustly. We commemorate that break with England and our forefathers’ strive for independence every July 4, but I submit the war never really ended.  Sure, the shooting stopped for a while but the moneyed powers simply chose a different tactic.  Rather than shooting bullets at us and destroying their “human resources” (that is, slave labor that can be compelled to work and pay excessive confiscatory taxes), they decided to place us in an unpayable debt situation so we would be working to voluntarily pay an unpayable interest so long as our land had resources to exploit and human labor willing to impress itself upon it and be voluntarily taxed in the process.

   The banks had it good for a while, loaning us money via the phony  government agency called the “Federal Reserve” where all money in circulation has to be borrowed into existence at interest from a private banking cabal.  Ever since 1933, the United States has been unable to pay its bills.  Rather, it has had to borrow new money to pay the old loans extended to it by the bankers.  It’s like discharging an old credit card with a new one.  Anyone who has credit cards knows if you don’t have any income to pay your bills, swapping the debt on credit cards will only last for so long before the party abruptly stops and the debt collecting vultures start circling.

   That is what the bankers had in mind when they convinced our Congress in 1913 to use their fake, debt money as legal tender.  They knew it was only a matter of time before we would be so bankrupt we would not only never be able to pay off the outstanding debt, but nobody would be willing to loan us any new money to keep the ponzi scheme going.  At that point, the U.S. would have to be destroyed economically in order to prevent the citizenry from figuring out what happened to them and storming the banks who have destroyed their wealth.  Oh, and gun control and gun registration/confiscation also helps, too, since the banker-controlled police departments would be theoretically the only ones with the guns.  Ever wonder why the government is working so diligently to control the guns?  For our safety?  Not on your’s for their safety.

   Now, to destroy a country economically while looking like the destruction was organic instead of orchestrated a clever plan needed to be hatched that would make the government and banks look like a benevolent nanny while the whole financial infrastructure comes crumbling apart at the foundation.  Enter the Cloward & Piven strategy.

   In a 1966 article in Nation, Richard   Cloward and Frances Piven, sociology professors at Columbia University, wrote that capitalism should be collapsed by overloading the government with financial demands that could not be met.

   The strategy was to collapse the financial system through chaos. If a crisis does not exist, create one. The more chaos the better. The solution should always be couched in empathetic words like “fair,” “equal,” “humane” and “just.”

   According to an entry on Wikipedia, “The two stated that many Americans who were eligible for welfare were not receiving benefits, and that a welfare enrollment drive would strain local budgets, precipitating a crisis at the state and local levels that would be a wake-up call for the federal government, particularly the Democratic Party. There would also be side consequences of this strategy, according to Cloward and Piven. These would include: easing the plight of the poor in the short-term (through their participation in the welfare system); shoring up support for the national Democratic Party then-splintered by pluralistic interests (through its cultivation of poor and minority constituencies by implementing a national “solution” to poverty); and relieving local governments of the financially and politically onerous burdens of public welfare (through a national “solution” to poverty).”

   Cloward’s and Piven’s belief that their strategy would end poverty by ensuring every citizen had an income from the government was extremely short-sighted since they could not account for where the money was going to come from when those in the working sector decided to stop working and collect the free welfare, or the businesses who they would be confiscating the money from either went bankrupt themselves, or left the country.  Unless, of course, that was the goal:  to destroy the economic and industrial base of the country by tempting the people with the one thing everybody wants:  something for nothing.

   In 1967 Cloward and Piven founded the National Welfare Rights Organization to increase the number of people on the welfare rolls. Through a series of sit-ins, demonstrations, picket lines and occasional rock throwing, smashed glass and broken furniture they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. By the 1970’s there were two people on welfare in New York City for each person working in the private sector. The city declared bankruptcy in 1975.  To that end, the strategy was a huge success.

   Because the system was designed to fail, its proponents would need to use smoke and mirrors to keep the people invested in it until it had its desired effect—total annihilation of the country’s business and industrial base, not to mentions social morals. 

  John Hayward, writing for Human Events noted, “The Left would then insist that the moral argument for the system remained intact, so the only way to meet those impossible demands was to scrap every vestige of Constitutional restraint and republican self-government, instituting a totalitarian system that in theory would forcibly restructure society to promote ‘fairness’ and give all those government dependents what they ‘deserve.’ (In practice, of course, what you actually get is an iron-fisted dictatorship that cooks up reports to make itself look good, or simply tells the unhappy citizens to shut up and obey when things deteriorate to the point that no volume of phony reports can paper over the problems – say, when the glorious worker’s paradise of Venezuela runs out of tap water.)”

   The strategy has worked beautifully.  With nearly 50 million Americans now on food stamp assistance—which in many cases gets used to buy booze, cigs, lottery tickets and vacation cruises—and untold millions more collecting some form of disability, welfare, housing, or medical assistance; along with the hundreds of thousands of government bureaucrats whose paychecks are drawn from the same trough, it should come as no surprise that more money is being spent to keep people on the government dole than is being collected to pay them.  This has been going on for some time now and the Federal Reserve has been willing to loan the U.S. government, as well as many state governments, the money to keep the people happy and complacent.  But, now we are reaching a critical juncture—some may call it a flash point—where the goals of Cloward & Piven will be finally realized:  total economic destruction and implosion resulting in societal chaos and general lawlessness as nearly half of the population who has become accustomed to free money suddenly finds themselves broke and no new, or not enough, funds coming their way from their benefactors in government.  You can see the feds gearing up for this event with over 2 billion rounds of ammunition on order, police departments across the country acquiring hardened military gear such as machine guns and armored personnel carriers, as well as all the usual suspects in Congress calling for massive gun control and ultimately confiscation of all firearms from the general population.

   Some of the socialist proponents of Cloward & Piven have found themselves on the defensive as their pet social project is starting to show itself as the society-destroying monster that it is.  Rather than defend their ideas on their merits, they resort to attacking those who have studied Cloward & Piven’s blueprint for social destruction and call it what it is.

  For example, in the March 26, 2010 edition of the Nation—the same socialist magazine that originally published and promoted the Cloward & Piven strategy in 1966— Richard Kim calls it a “conspiracy theory” but fails to acknowledge what the true strategy was.  Most of Kim’s editorial was devoted to name-calling those who criticize it and suggest they be placed in Shutter Island, a concentration camp style sanitarium based on the movie by that name,  to be mentally rehabilitated.  Typical of most socialist apologists - when their system is shown to be failing, rather than admit it they simply attack those who point out that fact.

   Make no mistake about it, it is not a conspiracy theory – as the socialists like to label anything that points out their flaws and failures - that the U.S. financial system is crumbling, is held together by threads and that most of society has been trained to be dependent on free money, rather than take care of themselves independently.

  Today, in keeping with the Cloward & Piven Strategy, a new crisis is being manufactured by presidential impersonator, Barack Hussein-Obama.

   Two years ago Obama stopped deportation efforts of young immigrants who came to the country illegally. There are active programs in Mexico informing those who come to our country how to apply for food stamps. The welcome-wagon is out regarding illegal entry also.   The New York Times recently reported that an illegal immigrant youth said: “If you make it, they take you to a shelter and take care of you.”  A mother with her child told Channel 5 News that the message being disseminated in their country is, “go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away.”

  Giving free booty to illegals is Cloward & Piven on steroids.

   I’m not sure this problem can be easily reversed because to do so would require us to: 1.) abolish our debt-based money system and return to a wealth-based system like the original gold and silver coin of the Constitution; 2.) repudiate (not pay) all our debts to the banks since the money was created out of thin air to begin with; and 3.) abolish all social welfare programs, require people to take care of themselves and rely on the voluntary contributions of good people to assist them when needed.

  Now, most good socialists and even some well-meaning conservatives might balk at my suggestions here, thinking such drastic changes would surely disrupt our social fabric if not set it in turmoil for quite some time.  I agree.  But, the alternative is to have our economic system and industrial/manufacturing base collapse into third-world status with tin-horn dictators with unkempt, fluffy black beards and gold teeth ruling the country with a jack boot and an iron fist. 

   We’ve already lost our money system, as well as our manufacturing base.  Do you really want to live here when the third part of this scenario comes to fruition?  I don’t.





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