The Overload

In 1966, two academics by the name of Richard Cloward and Frances Fox-Piven developed an activist strategy for overloading the public welfare system as a means of precipitating a level of social crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of guaranteed annual income.  As with most academic radicalism, not much thought was given to the long-term consequences of such an idea … which is to say, unless Cloward-Piven’s entire purpose was to destroy the fabric of American society.  I should also say that this is something of an idea we ought to expect from Columbia University, and we can certainly understand why Cloward-Piven targeted the Democratic Party as their “test group”.  The nitwit who opened the door to Cloward-Piven was none other than Lyndon Johnson, who offered us his so-called great society.  In the final analysis, Johnson’s great society was fraught with economic catastrophes, the cumulative effects of which might have been completely repaired had it not been for the arrival of Barack Obama.

What did Cloward-Piven really want?  According to papers they authored in 1971 and again in 1977, what they wanted was unrest inside America.  They got that, but true to form, as dyed in the wool Democrats, Cloward-Piven made life within the black community more difficult than it had ever been before.  Realistically, I think we can give proper credit to Barack Obama for a resurgence of racial distrust in the United States today, but we should not discount the importance of Cloward-Piven in the strategies used by Barack Obama in the White House.

But if anyone should imagine that Cloward-Piven was only about welfare in the United States, or ending poverty forever, then they aren’t thinking deeply enough about the controversies of the past 40 years.  Underneath the surface of any provocative social issue today rests the handiwork of Cloward-Piven.  As a few examples, there was the so-called “motor voter” idea that continues to perpetuate fraud (disenfranchisement) in our system of elections, feminist anarchy, LGBT issues, demands for access to women in combat roles in our military, calls of gender confused morons to be something else at the expense of the American taxpayer, and, of course, Obama-Care.  I am not saying that Cloward-Piven were behind each of these issues because neither of them were smart enough to orchestrate such massive social unrest, but they did lay the foundations.  Disrupt the fabric of American society—that’s the ticket!

I wonder, thinking back to the mid-1960s, if the parents who sent their children to Columbia University now celebrate how much of their hard-earned money went into the pockets of such intellectual troglodytes as Richard Cloward and Frances Fox-Piven.

The decade of the 1960s was a long time ago … today, the grandchildren of that generation walk around enraptured with their social-media toys, oblivious of (or with hardly any interest in) what might loom just over the horizon, for them or their offspring.

“… [the Educated citizen] knows that knowledge is power, more so today than ever before.  He knows that only an educated and informed people will be a free people, that the ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of us all.”

—John F. Kennedy, 1963

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8 Responses to The Overload

  1. bunkerville says:

    I would add Alinksy to the mix in developing the Community Organizer….keeping the temp up to maximum benefit.

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  2. I’ve become soured on higher education. I watch most of my students, with alarmingly few exceptions, get chewed up and spat out — in other words, to become Leftists.

    Those who didn’t go on to college and those who went to Hillsdale College remained Conservatives.

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    • Mustang says:
      In my mind, it is not a matter of “brainwashing” in reverse. It is simply a matter of teaching students how to think critically, and how to form their own conclusions albeit based on factual information rather than political talking points, and then support their conclusions logically. Any suggestion that students are unable to reason diminishes their intellect … and I must ask, how dare teachers make such assumptions? Parents should be outraged; they should refuse to send their children to places such as these.

      In any case, in my view, Cloward-Piven were not teachers. They worked in a brain re-tooling factory and if they did any teaching at all, it was teaching students the wrong things. Meaningful change always comes from within, not from without.


    • I’m concerned every time a friend mentions his or her son or daughter getting accepted to college.
      I’m no Luddite.


    • Mustang says:
      The high school guidance counselors have always amazed me. When I was teaching, they were mostly people who were the beneficiaries of blue collar parents; people who worked hard in order that their children could one day attend college. And so, they did … and then they had the temerity to suggest to students that there is no hope for them without a college education. Now, the last time I checked, electricians, plumbers, welders, and auto-mechanics made a lot more money each year than college professors. We should encourage college and university when the student’s own ambitions would take him/her there, but we should not push people into an environment for which they are not suited. And I think we all tend to forget that education is a life-time endeavor. The welder can always find his way to a degree in mechanical engineering … if that is what he or she wants to do.


  3. Imp says:

    Mustang….I feel a bit ignorant having just read this. I’ll have to admit that I knew nothing of these two people although I’ve heard their names bandied about many times. Thank you for the lesson.


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