In May 1966, Columbia University sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven published what would become known as their Cloward–Piven strategy in the liberal magazine, “The Nation.”
Their article was titled, “The weight of the poor: A strategy to end poverty.”
In short, the Cloward-Piven strategy is a political plan to overload the U.S. public welfare system with the goal to replace it with a national system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.”
Wikipedia summarized their strategy well: “The two stated that many Americans who were eligible for welfare were not receiving benefits, and that a welfare enrollment drive would strain local budgets, precipitating a crisis at the state and local levels that would be a wake-up call for the federal government, particularly the Democratic Party. There would also be side consequences of this strategy, according to Cloward and Piven. These would include: easing the plight of the poor in the short-term (through their participation in the welfare system); shoring up support for the national Democratic Party-then splintered by pluralistic interests (through its cultivation of poor and minority constituencies by implementing a national “solution” to poverty); and relieving local governments of the financially and politically onerous burdens of public welfare (through a national “solution” to poverty).”
It’s not a coincidence that President Obama graduated from Columbia University in 1983. He even wrote an article there for the school’s magazine, “Sundial.” The full article is still available on the website, Politico.com. The reporter for Human Events magazine was right by calling it “a wholesale endorsement of all sorts of leftist claptrap fashionable at the time.”
It’s also not a coincidence that those who espoused the Cloward-Piven strategy were a group of radicals who have been a part of Obama’s life and education: Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky, Bernardine Dohrn, George Wiley, Frank Marshall Davis, Wade Rathke, and George Soros, among others.