To us that sounds very much like the Bolsheviks in Russia 100 years ago. They created the “workers’ paradise” of the Soviet Union. Those who objected were sent to the Gulags (prison camps).
Here is a description of the ‘strategy” of the two American professors, apparently now being implemented by the radical left and the “Democratic Socialist” organization, which is even too radical for the true Democrats.
Cloward and Piven’s wrote about forcing the Democratic Party, which in 1966 controlled the presidency and both houses of the United States Congress, to take federal action to help the poor.
They stated that full enrollment of those eligible for welfare “would produce bureaucratic disruption in welfare agencies and fiscal disruption in local and state governments” that would:
“…deepen existing divisions among elements in the big-city Democratic coalition: the remaining white middle class, the working-class ethnic groups and the growing minority poor. To avoid a further weakening of that historic coalition, a national Democratic administration would be constrained to advance a federal solution to poverty that would override local welfare failures, local class and racial conflicts and local revenue dilemmas.”
They further wrote:
“The ultimate objective of this strategy—to wipe out poverty by establishing a guaranteed annual income—will be questioned by some. Because the ideal of individual social and economic mobility has deep roots, even activists seem reluctant to call for national programs to eliminate poverty by the outright redistribution of income.”
Michael Reisch and Janice Andrews wrote that Cloward and Piven “proposed to create a crisis in the current welfare system – by exploiting the gap between welfare law and practice – that would ultimately bring about its collapse and replace it with a system of guaranteed annual income.
They hoped to accomplish this end by informing the poor of their rights to welfare assistance, encouraging them to apply for benefits and, in effect, overloading an already overburdened bureaucracy.”
Our view: Professors Cloward and Piven never explained how the trillions of dollars of guaranteed income for everyone would be paid. It reminds me of economic courses I had in collage. The theories required no substantiation except that the professor said that’s the way it is.
The guaranteed income proposal is exactly like the UBI (Universal Basic Income) proposed by the shills of the Socialists. When papers expounding the virtues of UBI surfaced a few years ago, I wrote that these were the trial balloons with the goal of getting people familiar with the idea. Remember the old theory, “you cannot throw a frog into boiling water pot for it will jump out. However, putting him into cold water that is slowly heated will not cause him to jump out.”
The city of Chicago is proposing UBI as a trial balloon. The amount is $400 per month. Of course, that is the foot in the door. Thereafter, the battle cry will be “no one can live on $400/mo.” It will go to several thousand dollars. It’s interesting that this is proposed by a city which is financially broke.
Listen to what the new “Democratic Socialists”, as the recently elected Congresswoman from NY declared herself, say about their agenda. It’s based on destroying the current capitalism by overloading the welfare system through multi-trillion dollar “free-bee” programs that will destroy our financial system.
Thereafter, these totally incompetent people will lead the “useful idiots,” as Saul Alinky, mentor of Hillary Clinton, called them. They will aim to rebuild the system based on Marxism and the “socialist Utopia,” as we saw in the Soviet Union for 70 years, and in China.
It is estimated that the “rebuilding” in the image of Marxism/communism cost at least 100 million lives through the most murderous dictators in modern history. We mention Stalin, Mao, Nol Pot (Cambodia’s killing fields), Castro, Kim Jong Il, etc. Hitler could be mentioned because his party was “socialist,” but in name only. He hated communism.
The above will be the challenge to the US over the next decade, especially when the inevitable recession arrives. Prepare now!
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