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The Cloward-Piven strategy explains how Obama benefits from immigration crisis

Written By | Jun 22, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, June 22, 2014 — By every traditional measure, President Obama has been an absolute failure as president: The economy is shrinking; the debt, currently over $17.5 trillion, is growing at an average of $1 trillion per year; Obamacare and the stimulus bill are major failures; income for blacks, Hispanics and single mothers has dropped significantly while the unemployment rate for these groups has skyrocketed; welfare, disability and food stamp rolls are at an all time high.

The Obama-Clinton foreign policy is somehow even more of a failure than that of George W. Bush; the situations in Iraq, Iran, Libya, Ukraine, Russia, the South China Sea, Israel and more clearly indicate have all deteriorated. There is a parade of seemingly endless scandals by almost every department of his administration, each one only supplanted by the emergence of the next.

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There are three possible explanations for Obama’s repeated and astounding failures: He’s stupid; he’s incompetent; his actions and decisions, and the repercussions produced therefrom, are intentional.

Obama is not stupid, and it is a stretch of the imagination to believe someone as educated as Obama, along with all of the Ivy League scholars who surround him, could be as incompetent as the continuous string of failures and crises that seem to plague Obama’s administration suggest.

For lack of better explanations, many observers have come to believe — especially considering Obama’s orchestration, encouragement and lack of response to the current immigration crisis — that his actions and their results must be intentional.

Obama has always believed that America and the values that have made it the most exceptional in the world are oppressive. They produce inequality, unfairness and disenfranchisement for minority groups.Therefore, since before he even assumed office, he has made it clear that he wants to disassemble the foundational values that have made America great in order to remake it in the image of a progressive utopia that many radical leftists believe will provide for a better, fairer, life for all Americans.

On the eve of the presidential election in 2008, in a rare unscripted moment, Obama said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

In order to fundamentally transform America, the values and constitutional structure that represent the fundamentals that this country is founded upon must first be torn down.

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To accomplish this goal, Obama is following a popular theory among progressives that is designed to bring down America’s constitutional structure and capitalist economy, which was first developed by two of his radical professors at Columbia. According to David Horowitz of, “First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard 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.”

Cloward and Piven first introduced this strategy in an article in The Nation magazine in 1966 titled, “The Weight of the Poor.” The strategy has also been defined as the theory of forcing change through chaos/crisis.

Horowitz explains, “They (Cloward and Piven) proposed a “massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls.” They 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.”

Cloward and Piven quickly went to work instituting the strategy. They created a foundation called the National Welfare Rights Organization and directly targeted the one place they believed to be teh most vulnerable: New York City. Horowitz continues, “From 1966 to 1970, welfare spending in New York City more than doubled, from $400 million to $1 billion annually. Outlays for the poor consumed 28% of the city’s budget by 1970. ‘By the early 1970s, one person was on the welfare rolls in New York City for every two working in the city’s private economy,’ Sol Stern wrote in the City Journal.”

As a direct consequence of  this massive increase in welfare spending, in 1975 New York City — the financial capital of the world — was forced to declare bankruptcy. The Cloward-Piven strategy had accomplished exactly what it intended.

The Cloward-Piven strategy is dependent upon surprise and the inattention of the American people. Following the bankruptcy of New York City in 1975, Americans began to catch on to the destructive intent and tactics of the far left and voted many Democrats who were sympathetic to them out of office.

Cloward and Piven came to the realization that in order to fundamentally transform the United States of America, they would need to have an extremist who truly believed the transformation of America was in the best interest of the American people and the country in general; enter Barack Obama, their radical disciple at Columbia.

The current immigration crisis was created and encouraged by Obama; the administration’s complete lack of a response to it is the strongest evidence that Obama is not stupid or incompetent, but is instead implementing this strategy.

Studies repeatedly show that illegal aliens in America have much higher rates of welfare usage than do native Americans. Therefore, to expedite overwhelming the welfare system — the core tenet of the Cloward-Piven strategy — flood the country with illegal aliens and make sure to deport as few of them as possible. Obama has done just that.

In 2012, Obama signed the Deferred Action for Children Act (DACA). Since then there has been a 12 fold increase in illegal children coming across the border. Fox News reports that, “The number of illegal immigrants is so high that the Border Patrol can barely cope. From last October to the end of May, 162,000 people from countries ‘other than Mexico’ have entered the United States across the southern border. That’s a nearly 100 percent increase from the previous year.”

Additionally, Central American newspapers have been spreading the word that America will not turn away unaccompanied illegal children. The president has been aware of this for a very long time, but has still refused to make an announcement of any kind contradicting these claims.

Obama has also unconstitutionally provided the illegal children with very reputable legal representation at taxpayer expense. These lawyers have stated that they have a 90-95 percent success rate at getting amnesty for these children. Following that, Jeh Johnson, Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, has stated  that these kids, once amnestied, will be reunited with their illegal parents in America, because that is in the “best interests of the child.”

In order to stop Obama, Americans must become aware of what he is doing and rise up against it, as New Yorkers did after the city declared bankruptcy in 1975. However, we cannot wait until Obama bankrupts the country. Let’s just hope and pray that it isn’t already too late.


James Richard

James Edwards is a tireless advocate for federalism and minimizing the impact the federal government has on all of our lives.