Monday, November 30, 2009

EC: Washington’s Anti-Capitalist Strategy

Dick McDonald

Most Americans are unaware of the strategies and tactics being used today to destroy America’s free enterprise economic system by radical leftists in our government. This is understandable because America’s President and Congress – including government bureaucrats all the way down to representatives in municipal government – are using these strategies and tactics, knowingly or unknowingly, to undermine the very economic principles that have made America the most successful economy on the planet. The strategies are those of Cloward-Piven, two Columbia University sociology professors Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Pivenwho, frustrated by the inability to turn America into a socialist state, decided to promote a strategy to force political and economic change through orchestrated crisis. They first advanced this strategy in an article titled "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty" in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation.

Their article, according to

called for "cadres of aggressive organizers" to use "demonstrations to create a climate of militancy." Intimidated by threats of black violence, politicians would appeal to the federal government for help. Carefully orchestrated media campaigns, carried out by friendly, leftwing journalists, would float the idea of "a federal program of income redistribution," in the form of a guaranteed living income for all -- working and non-working people alike. Local officials would clutch at this idea like drowning men to a lifeline. They would apply pressure on Washington to implement it. With every major city erupting into chaos, Washington would have to act.

This was an example of what are commonly called Trojan Horse movements -- mass movements whose outward purpose seems to be providing material help to the downtrodden, but whose real objective is to draft poor people into service as revolutionary foot soldiers; to mobilize poor people en masse to overwhelm government agencies with a flood of demands beyond the capacity of those agencies to meet. The flood of demands was calculated to break the budget, jam the bureaucratic gears into gridlock, and bring the system crashing down. Fear, turmoil, violence and economic collapse would accompany such a breakdown -- providing perfect conditions for fostering radical change.

Sound familiar?

Today’s economic demands are examples of just how impossible such burdens can be: welfare, massive entitlements, union blackmail, hyper-taxation, over-regulation, inflation, environmental obstruction, global warming fraud, ethanol production, emission standards, health care takeover and Cap and Trade…on top of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Disability…to name a few.

Their strategy has worked. Coupled with the tactics of Saul Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals, America’s financial system is being brought to its knees by the strategy of Cloward-Pliven. As an example, ACORN (the Left’s army) along with complicit government hacks forced banks to make NINJA loans to those who couldn’t afford them, compelling the government to use taxpayer money to rescue the banks. While there is lots of blame to go around, the Left played a major role in orchestrating this recession/depression following the instructions of these professors.

The current administration is an advocate of Cloward-Piven strategies and Alinsky tactics. They have deceived and manipulated the country by claiming to (1) rescue the people from the income disparity caused by the Republicans, (2) cut the budget line by line and eliminate Washington corruption then (3) appoint the most corrupt people and organizations – most if not all of them unvetted, unelected and unaccountable - to positions of power while imposing policies that will only make the people poorer.
Even some on the Left are starting to wake up to this plan to destroy capitalism and the golden egg it lays. Robert Samuelson wrote last week in the Washington Post:

"The disconnect between what President Obama says and what he's doing is so glaring that most people could not abide it. The president, his advisers and allies have no trouble. But reconciling blatantly contradictory objectives requires them to engage in willful self-deception, public dishonesty, or both.”

The actual cost, at a minimum, over the next ten years of the Obama/Pelosi/Reid takeover of your health care is $2.5 TRILLION. The cost for the next five years is $1.7 TRILLION. "The Senate Republicans' chart demonstrates that the total for all of these costs – based on CBO projections for the bill's true first 10 years – is $2.5 TRILLION. And costs would only skyrocket from there, as the chart's trajectory suggests. In the 5 years to follow (2024-28), spending on "expansions in insurance
coverage" alone would be $1.7 TRILLION, making the bill's total costs in its real first 15 years well over $4 TRILLION – based on CBO projections."
The current Administration is following the destructive strategies of Cloward-Piven by designing a future where the American economy, along with health care delivery systems, will collapse and set the stage for socialism to take over.

For years, even before the Obama administration, Americans has been whistling past the grave ignoring the economic disaster of the Cloward-Piven strategies. The weapons the Left uses to push the economy into crisis are entitlements which now comprise 58 percent of our national budget. Tragically, on top of that annual burden, the Left with the help of useful idiots on the right have made $110 TRILLION dollars worth of promises to deliver future entitlement benefits in excess of anticipated receipts. True to their belief in capsizing capitalism, the Obama crowd has been proposing adding tens of trillions even to this unsustainable debt.

What makes any thinking American stark raving mad is the current wave on the Right (and in some quarters on the Left) to balance the budget to reduce the deficit. That may be the call to defeat healthcare reform, cap and trade, bailouts, etc., but it doesn’t even pinch the 800-pound gorilla in the room. America needs a sea change in policy, not a Band-Aid.

America must replace entitlements with a system that works. The present one doesn’t and the Left is driving the country right off the cliff ignoring it. As we said, Cloward-Pliven is working and, in implementing that strategy, the leftists in society are bringing down the most successful economy – and civilization - in the history of man. Why are so many standing on the sidelines content to be entertained by talking points propaganda and a clean suit?

Tea Parties must be more than assorted complaints – they need teeth. Contributing Editor Dick McDonald is formerly a CPA at Arthur Andersen & Co. Dick maintains a website at

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