Written by: Michael W. Howell
Senior Writer and Editor at Fighting the Tyranny
America is 18.5 trillion dollars in debt. Let me say that again. America is 18.5 trillion dollars in debt. How does a global superpower like America rack up over 18.5 trillion dollars in debt? Part of my question I answered myself when I said worldwide superpower and the other reason is by design. Yes, we are going bankrupt as a nation by design.
Financing an empire is expensive, and America is finding that out first hand. With a military presence that reaches globally with over 700 bases in over 130 countries that qualify as an empire. The Romans would have been jealous of this empire. It comes at, a cost though. This is not by far the only contributing factors to why America is so deep in debt. A growing welfare state (mostly corporate welfare), the exhaustive police state, high unemployment, blank checks given to Congress, and most damaging, the Cloward and Piven’s strategy are all to blame.
What is the Cloward and Piven strategy? In laymen’s terms, it is a plan to bring down America from within through collapsing the economy by putting such a strain on the marketplace that it can’t be sustainable. We clearly see that, but is it really happening, and how?
In 1966 the strategy, named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Francis Fox Piven, was first proposed to overthrow capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
Coming off the August 1965 riots in the Watts district of Los Angeles, Cloward and Piven published an article titled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty” in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation. It was well-received as The Nation sold 30,000 reprints. The activist community was excited and wanted to put into practice the “crisis strategy” or “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” as it would be called.
In the article, Cloward and Piven stated that the ruling classes used welfare to attack and weaken the poor; that by providing a safety net, the rich doused the fires of rebellion. Cloward told The New York Times on September 27, 1970, that poor people can only advance when “the rest of society is afraid of them.” Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, wrote Cloward and Piven, activist should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then would “the rest of society” accept their demands.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that early supporters of Cloward and Piven were also Saul Alinsky supporters. It seems like a strategy straight from Saul himself. “Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules,” Alinsky wrote in his 1971 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system’s failure to “live up” to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist “rule book” with a socialist one.
The authors noted that the number of Americans subsisting on welfare — about 8 million, at the time — probably represented less than half the number who were technically eligible for full benefits. They proposed a “massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls.” Cloward and Piven calculated that persuading even a fraction of potential welfare recipients to demand their entitlements would bankrupt the system. The result, they predicted, would be “a profound financial and political crisis” that would unleash “powerful forces for major economic reform at the national level.”
Their article called for “cadres of aggressive organizers” to use “demonstrations to create a climate of militancy.” Browbeaten by threats of black violence, politicians would appeal to the federal government for help using bailouts. Detailed and crafted media campaigns, carried out by Operation Mockingbird, leftwing journalists, would circulate the idea of “a federal program of income redistribution,” in the form of a secure living income for all — working and non-working people alike. Local officials would gravitate 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 is commonly called Trojan Horse movements — mass movements whose outward purpose seems to be providing material help to the poor, 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 wave 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. That was the theory.
In 1967, after Cloward and Piven recruited a radical and militant black organizer named George Wiley, he founded the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO). Using tactics from Cloward and Piven, his followers invaded welfare offices across the United States. Many followers used violence and often bullied social workers and demanding every penny the law “entitled” them. Two years later, in 1969, the NWRO claimed a dues-paying membership of 22,500 families, with 523 chapters across the nation. The plan was in motion and gaining traction.
Regarding Wiley’s tactics, The New York Times commented on September 27, 1970, “There have been sit-ins in legislative chambers, including a United States Senate committee hearing, mass demonstrations of several thousand welfare recipients, school boycotts, picket lines, mounted police, tear gas, arrests – and, on occasion, rock-throwing smashed glass doors, overturned desks, scattered papers, and ripped-out phones.”These methods proved useful. “The flooding succeeded beyond Wiley’s wildest dreams,” writes Sol Stern in the City Journal. “From 1965 to 1974, the number of single-parent households on welfare soared from 4.3 million to 10.8 million, despite mostly flush economic times. By the early 1970s, one person was on the welfare rolls in New York City for every two that are working in the city’s private economy.” As a direct result of its massive welfare spending, New York City was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1975. The entire state of New York nearly went down with it. The Cloward-Piven strategy had proved its effectiveness.
We are seeing this today in once-booming and prosperous Detroit along with other major cities, which are placing a heavy burden on the city’s and even State’s infrastructure. It is leading to total dependency on the government. This is precisely the goal that the elite are using to bring in the world government that they have been planing. First, America has to be broke and broken. We are broke regarding our economic freedoms. However, we must never be broken, or the strategy will prevail, and the global bankers will win.
We see this election, the strategy being played out as far as self-proclaimed Democratic “Socialist,” Bernie Sanders campaign gaining momentum on platforms such as the black lives matter movement and his “free tuition for all” stance. This is a transparent tactic of divide and conquer and even a heavy burden on the nation’s economy. Methods like the BLM movement help to divide instead of uniting in the differences at hand. I think it needs to be all lives matter, and that way, real dialogue can take place, and real change will rise from the efforts. To keep us divided and at odds isn’t going to solve the problem, only look elsewhere for the solution. Where are many looking to? The government. The very same ones that are dividing us for the eventual conquer.
Bernie Sander’s plan of utopia and euphoria comes at a hefty cost, as well. Economist has placed his “plan” to add around 18 trillion dollars to the debt. Obama has added more debt than all the other presidents combined and brought the deficit to 18.5 trillion dollars, and now we are looking to add another 18 trillion to it? Insanity and irresponsible when logic and math are applied. Where would the extra revenue to fund this come from? Tax increases to which Bernie has already acknowledged we were in favor of.
We are also seeing the attack on the economy in the form of the open borders we now have. This was orchestrated and a ploy as well. Playing on the heartstrings of American’s goodwill and compassion, the elite are using “refugees” as a way to overburden the system and cause the artificial “crisis” that the strategy calls for.
A 2013 ICE document reveals the details and states that over 36,000 criminal illegal aliens were released from our government’s custody while awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings in that year alone. That is not a refugee problem, but a planned action and is part of the Cloward-Piven plan in attacking the welfare system and economy.
The plan to bring forth globalism through the divide and conquer method is taking shape and through many issues such as racism, conservative issues, socially, and even by religion, they are quickly transferring the problem they created to the solution the public will demand. Another way of defining the times is by getting to know the Hegelian dialectic. A tactic the Cloward-Piven supporters use and have become quite capable of. The Hegelian dialectic incorporates the “problem-action-solution” method that the elite love to use for the division.
They create the crisis, false flag event, or problem that they need to happen to later come in and offer the solution to the manufactured crisis they created. Basically, “control the chaos” mentality.
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
In an attempt to call out this plan by name, Rudy Giuliani recognized the effort that the strategy was having when he said, “This wasn’t an accident, it wasn’t an atmospheric thing, it wasn’t supernatural. This is the result of policies and programs designed to have the maximum number of people get on welfare” in a 1997 speech.
It is no secret that our monetary system, set up and controlled by global offshore bankers through the Federal Reserve, is fictitious and fraudulent. The Federal Reserve uses its power and control over the economy, and by controlling the politics of America cannot only manipulate the economy but for global policies that perpetuate the division. And by setting the interest rates, the Fed can offer the solution and appear to be the answer, even though they create the problem.
By controlling the monetary system, the Federal Reserve is then able to control countries through debt. To keep the full agenda steam ahead, they not only start the illegal wars our brothers and sisters fight in but also fund both sides.
“Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes it’s laws”
-Mayer Amshel Bauer Rothschild
There are many tentacles at play in the times we are in, but it is essential to know they are all calculated, methodical, planned, and not by mistake. There is a goal or agenda at play, and the more we stay divided, the harder it will be to make a stand against the real enemy. We can defeat the Cloward-Piven strategy once we all recognize the plan and coordinate our efforts collectively.
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