He promised to “fundamentally transform America” and by God, he’s done it


Lead us not into prosperity but deliver us to evil

Lead us not into prosperity but deliver us to evil

76% of Americans have lost confidence in the future of the country. It’s the Cloward-Pliven strategy. Many commentators have dismissed this as a fantastical plan – Obama and his friends have set about implementing it.

The Cloward–Piven strategy is a political strategy outlined in 1966 by American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven that called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of  “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”. 


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4 responses to “He promised to “fundamentally transform America” and by God, he’s done it

  1. Anonymous Citizenette

    Wow, I didn’t realize this was an actual strategy! It makes me so sad that some people I once knew as hard working productive citizens now have the attitude that since the system cannot sustain itself for long anyway, they may as well grab every cent they can (entitlements). While this is the way we’re heading, it’s nonetheless disturbing and sad. Didn’t Reagan say that we’re only one generation away from losing our freedom? America, your candle burned brightly and briefly.

  2. Libertarian Advocate

    Cloward-Piven is an interesting strategy. But like all academics, Cloward and Piven lived in their own finite universe of the Acacademy. Marxism/Socialism may work stupendously well in the closed system sociology labs of major and minor universities. But history has shown that every single time it is applied in the real world, it falls sharply to the hard reality that human beings are naturally greedy and self-interested beings.

    People see that the strategy employed by Obama through the Cloward-Piven paradigm to implode the existing system incorporates many elements of socialism. What’s curious is why he and his cohort think that Socialism is the “natural” and inevitable replacement system, when it is the application of Socialism that brings about the collapse. Their deductive reasoning is tainted by their ideology, because their closed systems bring about skewed and unrealistic results.

    Blah, blah, blah….

  3. Yes, I’ve read about Cloward-Piven before. However, given the spirit still extant among a lot of US-Americans about liberty and hard work (I once read a bumper sticker at a barracks “God, guns and guts make a ranger”) they are prescribing a recipe for civil war. Maybe in docile, uniform Japan this might work, but in the US? (P.S.: I don’t think they told anyone, where, once the “conventional” social welfare broke down, the money for the even greater program of “guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty” should come from.)