The Demos' Socialist Cloward-Piven Pivot
What objectives and strategies do the Democrat Party and CPUSA have in common?
“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue.” —John Witherspoon (1776)
Since broadcasting our first email digest more than 20 years ago, our Patriot Post editorial team has reviewed, daily, the full spectrum of political advocacy and rhetoric. After all, the best way to understand the strategies and tactics used by the adversaries of Liberty and Rule of Law is to go straight to the source. And so, every day, my inbox is filled with a wide range of email — from the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) on the Left to the John Birch Society on the Right.
Reviewing everything the Left spews is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it!
Over the last decade, the political and policy positions of the CPUSA and those of the Socialist Democrat Party leadership increasingly constitute a distinction without much difference — Democrats are just more tactful than communists (sometimes). It’s no small irony that we observed “The Communist Centennial of Tyranny and Terror” during the same year that, thank goodness, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.
Ahead of 2020, the cadres of assorted statists who make up the Democrats’ presidential primary plethora hope to defeat Trump with their collective constituencies strategy. Their socialist pacesetter is Bernie Sanders, who was sandbagged by the Democrats in the 2016 primary, and his loudmouthed gaggle of socialist sycophants includes four congresswomen — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, collectively labeled “The Squad,” but more accurately, “The Gang of Four.”
Indicative of the backroom alliance between Tom Perez’s Democrat National Committee (DNC) and John Bachtell’s CPUSA was a recent email I received. No, it didn’t announce the merger of the two organizations, but it did do something much more subtle.
In order to track incoming email from various sources, I use more than 30 email address variants. But three weeks ago, I started receiving duplicate emails from the DNC — and I noted that those duplicates were using the specific address I use for incoming email from CPUSA. Not that I was surprised, but how revealing. For the record, when one organization integrates the email list of another, without the knowledge or permission of those being merged, it violates a lot of email double-opt-in protocols. When this happens, the email from the sender will typically be marked “spam” and this will hinder delivery of the sender’s email — in this case, that of the DNC. Not a problem! (For the record, Patriot Post subscribers have to double-opt-in to receive our publications, and we do not share or sell that information to any third party, which is why our email lists are “spam free” and our delivery rates are very high.)
So, what objectives and strategies do the Democrat Party and CPUSA have in common? Well, how much time do you have?
Most notably, both are advocates of the Cloward-Piven Strategy, which is the ‘60s-era brainchild of two hard-left academics to “end poverty” by creating an economic crisis that would lead to the collapse of capitalism resulting in its replacement with socialism.
As one of our political analysts, Arnold Ahlert, wrote: “In 1966, Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven formulated the Cloward-Piven Strategy. It was a plan to overthrow America’s capitalist system by overloading the welfare state bureaucracy with demands that were impossible to meet, thereby precipitating a revolution.” Ahlert noted that the latest “effort to 'crash the system’” is to overload it with illegal immigrants.
This explains the Demos’ 2020 platform: “Open Borders and Free Stuff.” Indeed, the party that was once the champion of blue-collar workers now supports the greatest threat to labor, wage growth, and the economy overall: the influx of millions of illegal aliens competing for jobs, willing to take lower wages, and soaking up enormous taxpayer resources in terms of medical care, welfare, housing, and education.
According to Cloward and Piven, to achieve their goal, it would necessitate “a massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls,” followed by “a federal program of income redistribution … necessary to elevate the poor en masse from poverty.” That income redistribution would take the form of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.” Except the only thing that’s equal under socialism is poverty — except, of course, for the political class.
Cloward and Piven insisted: “Republicans are always ready to declaim the evils of public welfare, and they would probably be the first to raise a hue and cry. But deeper and politically more telling conflicts would take place within the Democratic coalition. … Whites — both working class ethnic groups and many in the middle class — would be aroused against the ghetto poor, while liberal groups, which until recently have been comforted by the notion that the poor are few … would probably support the movement. Group conflict, spelling political crisis for the local party apparatus, would thus become acute as welfare rolls mounted and the strains on local budgets became more severe.”
Their strategy is similar (albeit more radical) to the failed model Franklin Delano Roosevelt called “The New Deal.” FDR infamously proclaimed, “Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.” Of course, that “American principle” is merely a paraphrase from Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, in which he declared, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”
FDR’s failed programs were reincarnated as the Democrats’ so-called “Great Society,” which, in effect, enslaved millions of poor Americans on urban poverty plantations and coincided with the first publication of the Cloward-Piven Strategy.
Today, 50 years after the Left’s so-called “War on Poverty,” many Americans are now “institutionally impoverished,” unprepared and unwilling to rise above the poverty line because they’ve been generationally disabled from doing so.
As Cloward and Piven noted: “As the crisis develops, it will be important to use the mass media to inform the broader liberal community about the inefficiencies and injustices of welfare.” The Demo/MSM propaganda machine is just waiting for the signal from its leftist puppeteers! The organizing arm this plan utilizes Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” model for “community organizers.”
The Democrats almost achieved critical economic overload in 2008, when their statist “economic equality” policies resulted in the near-collapse of our economy. I detailed this in “How Democrats Seeded the 2008 Financial Crisis.” That was a near miss, but they did get an ideological socialist as a consolation prize: eight years of Barack Obama as president of the United States.
As I wrote eight months ago, Democrats are desperately hoping for a recession before the 2020 election. And they’re ready to pounce on the next opening to overload the system and create a crisis, adhering to the advice of Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Fellow Patriots, stand ready and keep your powder dry!
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776