The Cloward-Piven Strategy


By Jeff Goodall

“First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the Cloward-Piven Strategy seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse… In their 1966 article, Cloward and Piven charged that the ruling-classes used welfare to weaken the poor; that by providing a social safety net, the rich doused the fires of rebellion. Poor people can advance only when “the rest of society is afraid of them…” – Richard Poe, “The Cloward-Piven Strategy”.

English: Columbia University sign in subway st...

Richard Poe’s article is a vitally important analysis and expose` of an ongoing programme first formulated almost 50 years ago, which is now well on the way to achieving its objective of bringing capitalism and free enterprise to their knees by making exorbitant demands for welfare…

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