The Cloward-Piven way

Bruce Johnson
If the Cloward and Piven agenda were being implemented, would it look any different?

In all likelihood, they would be delighted with the massive deficits and the "spillage" that is the lax implementation of government entitlements.

A 1966 Article by Columbia Professors Cloward and Piven was a hot topic for awhile, but has since fell from attention.  But isn't now the time to reconsider exactly how this administration is steering people into record government program participation?

Some quotes from the 1966 article that reveal the mission.  Increase the entitlement roles, redistribute wealth, guarantee income, and reduce qualifications for participating in these programs.  Use organizing, demonstrating and a "climate of militancy".

"...a political crisis would result that could lead to legislation for a guaranteed annual income"

"Advocacy must be supplemented by organized demonstrations to create a climate of militancy that will overcome the invidious and immobilizing attitudes which many potential recipients hold toward being "on welfare.""  -- Occupy and ACORN

"The ultimate aim of this strategy is a new program for direct income distribution."

"We tend to overlook the force of crisis in precipitating legislative reform, partly because we lack a theoretical framework by which to understand the impact of major disruptions."

"By crisis, we mean a publicly visible disruption in some institutional sphere. Crisis can occur spontaneously (e.g., riots) or as the intended result of tactics of demonstration and protest which either generate institutional disruption or bring unrecognized disruption to public attention."

This explains the Occupy Movement, and the tacit approval of the Obama Administration.

This explains the gutting of the Clinton era Welfare requirements by the Obama administration.

This explains the lack of diligence by administrators in determining who exactly qualifies for Disability. Encouraging people to get on unemployment, then when your 99 weeks are up, go to disability.  We won't check if you meet the requirements.

This explains why there is a concerted effort to get as many people as possible on Food Stamps, and the lack of oversight diligence here as well.


"The Social Security Administration improperly awarded disability benefits in more than 25 percent of cases examined between 2006 and 2010, according to a new Senate report -- potentially costing taxpayers millions of dollars."  Article

"The 136-page report focuses on questionable benefits rulings made by administrative law judges, including one in Oklahoma who was found to have awarded more than $1.6 billion in lifetime benefits in just three years. Judge Howard O'Bryan, in Oklahoma City, approved roughly 90 percent of more than 5,400 cases from 2007 to 2009 -- most of them held "on-the-record" without hearings, according to the minority report."

The "Grand Assumption" that administrators are against waste is disproven by the lax implementation of these programs.  Spillage seems to be the intent here. 

Cloward and Piven would be delighted with this Community Organizer. Forward.

If the Cloward and Piven agenda were being implemented, would it look any different?

In all likelihood, they would be delighted with the massive deficits and the "spillage" that is the lax implementation of government entitlements.

A 1966 Article by Columbia Professors Cloward and Piven was a hot topic for awhile, but has since fell from attention.  But isn't now the time to reconsider exactly how this administration is steering people into record government program participation?

Some quotes from the 1966 article that reveal the mission.  Increase the entitlement roles, redistribute wealth, guarantee income, and reduce qualifications for participating in these programs.  Use organizing, demonstrating and a "climate of militancy".

"...a political crisis would result that could lead to legislation for a guaranteed annual income"

"Advocacy must be supplemented by organized demonstrations to create a climate of militancy that will overcome the invidious and immobilizing attitudes which many potential recipients hold toward being "on welfare.""  -- Occupy and ACORN

"The ultimate aim of this strategy is a new program for direct income distribution."

"We tend to overlook the force of crisis in precipitating legislative reform, partly because we lack a theoretical framework by which to understand the impact of major disruptions."

"By crisis, we mean a publicly visible disruption in some institutional sphere. Crisis can occur spontaneously (e.g., riots) or as the intended result of tactics of demonstration and protest which either generate institutional disruption or bring unrecognized disruption to public attention."

This explains the Occupy Movement, and the tacit approval of the Obama Administration.

This explains the gutting of the Clinton era Welfare requirements by the Obama administration.

This explains the lack of diligence by administrators in determining who exactly qualifies for Disability. Encouraging people to get on unemployment, then when your 99 weeks are up, go to disability.  We won't check if you meet the requirements.

This explains why there is a concerted effort to get as many people as possible on Food Stamps, and the lack of oversight diligence here as well.


"The Social Security Administration improperly awarded disability benefits in more than 25 percent of cases examined between 2006 and 2010, according to a new Senate report -- potentially costing taxpayers millions of dollars."  Article

"The 136-page report focuses on questionable benefits rulings made by administrative law judges, including one in Oklahoma who was found to have awarded more than $1.6 billion in lifetime benefits in just three years. Judge Howard O'Bryan, in Oklahoma City, approved roughly 90 percent of more than 5,400 cases from 2007 to 2009 -- most of them held "on-the-record" without hearings, according to the minority report."

The "Grand Assumption" that administrators are against waste is disproven by the lax implementation of these programs.  Spillage seems to be the intent here. 

Cloward and Piven would be delighted with this Community Organizer. Forward.