Friday, March 9, 2012

Cloward-Piven Founder Gleefully Anticipates Occupy for This Spring

"Leftist professor and activist Frances Fox Piven last week predicted the Occupy Wall Street movement is entering the phase where it “makes trouble” and will soon be taking action against banks and other institutions.

“It may well be that the Occupy movement is now in its second phase, in the phase where it makes trouble, in the phase where it threatens to shut down institutions,” Piven said. “The Occupy movement has moved into the neighborhoods of our cities, it has moved into the schools….This spring, we’ll see action against the banks, against the corporations.' "..........

Taking questions from students, Piven was asked how lawmakers can pass laws for “the 99 percent” without being viewed as socialist.

“Well, we’ll call them democratic*, or maybe we’ll call them anarchists,” Piven replied before adding to audience laughter: “No, you can’t call a law an anarchist law.”

Comments on the above paragraph will be found after a brief summary on Ms. Piven and her background:

Frances Fox-Piven, along with her husband Richard Cloward, are the authors of what has become known as the Cloward-Piven Strategy. The idea, began in 1966, was to enroll as many as possible into Welfare programs until the systems in cities and States broke down under their own weight, thus requiring the Federal government to step in to take over and administer all public assistance. The ultimate goal was to create "a guaranteed annual income"  for anyone by virtue of his or her very existence. For Ms. Piven and her husband, welfare should have nothing to do with providing relief, but instead must be a program that systematically begins taking as much as possible from the workers and those of property and "redistribute" the plundered property and earnings to a government-subjugated class which will have to do nothing but reside in this nation. 

The rewards of working two or more (or even one) jobs will be effectively gone at that point. If one can make every single Little League game of his or her child, and spend summers at home with the same, how many people will choose the hard way when they can stay at home for free? Sure, they will have a little less discretionary spending money but so what? 

This is the mental image of the Left. While we live in a society in which people can and do work, save, and finally have something to show for it, Leftists would rather have full control over everyone. As they demonstrated in their frenzy to get any Social Security Reform permanently tabled, they want no part of financially solvent Seniors. As Cloward-Piven and other related ideas show, this concept is extended to all people from all age groups. It is a complete volte-face from the very ideas on which our nation was peopled and founded. Can one imagine approaching any person from late 18th century America with the suggestion that most, if not all, monies that one earned would be taken and pooled to dole out to those who will not have to work?

Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America has been on my mind lately since I went back and highlighted passages that I find to be pertinent to our current state. Tocqueville makes it abundantly clear throughout his volumes that working for wages, selling for profit, and buying, owning, and developing property in the quest for improving one's lot was an integral part of our society. 

About Cloward-Piven on Wikipedia:

" '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.”[3] They 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.[3] "

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."[4]' "

Concerning Ms. Piven's comments in the paragraphs at top:

Again, the Left and the Occupy movement have hidden nothing. Now they plan to "start trouble" by shutting down banks, corporations, schools and "institutions. Watch for things to get ugly. The Occupy movement started out with expressing opposition to bailouts and crony capitalism. That got more than a few people interested and sympathetic. As the movement grew, they became less and less able to contain their real intentions. Occupy is no longer veiled.  These children of  the 80s and early 90s parents who too were force-fed anti-Western propaganda in college have themselves been served at the trough and cut loose to wreck the place. Whiteness studies, colonialism, and White privilege classes and outright Marxist thought have become the norm in Academia. They have been instructed to act and act now. Like loyal junior members of the Party, they have foregone trying to live as Americans and instead seek to dismantle the nation to bring us back to today's version of the Khmer Rouge's "Year Zero".

The Left seeks to turn us into a fully-controlled society devoid of rewards for working and saving. It is ironic when I hear from Poles (And others that left their Socialist world to come here) that, not only are we seeing what they left as far as redistribution goes, (They don't like it at all) but our Left controls far more than did the nations of the Soviet orbit. These hardworking Americans, who value Western Culture, have a hard time believing how much the State is stepping in to control the individual. When I mention Agenda 21 and its atrocious impacts of farming families, North Carolina School lunch fiascos, etc, their answer is "We never had that back in Poland. The government never bothered with us". T

There you have it - all the bad of a Socialist world with even more governmental meddling with individuals and families, right here in the good ol' USA.

Note that Ms. Piven also employed "Democratic" as a term meant to convey a desire to redistribute property. This concept was covered here:

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