Cloward-Piven redux: Democrats, bikers, shoot-outs

Cloward-Piven is a social populism strategy on steroids. If Labour wants to emulate American politics, this is definitely one to avoid. Meanwhile, some on the U.S. right believe Armageddon looms

The Cloward-Piven Strategy is suddenly getting belated attention in Democrat circles. It originated with two Columbia University Sociologists, Cloward and Piven.

It prescribes a plan of action for the Democratic Party to retain power and to redress the balance of income inequality by enacting welfare legislation and, more effectively, publicizing existing policy so as the poor will begin to use entitlements en masse.

This surge in welfare use will quickly dry up state and local funding for such purposes necessitating them to appeal to the federal government for nation-wide relief. In turn, the government will introduce legislation guaranteeing citizens a minimum annual income.

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