Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

A Formula for Understanding – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on October 17, 2021

By Brian Wilson


Say there, Friend…have you been searching for an answer to ‘What the hell is going on?’ Do you find yourself saying repeatedly “This doesn’t make any sense!” Or using ‘WTF?’ in your business letters and Mother’s Day cards? Understanding the simple formula above can solve the problem.

CP stands for the Cloward-Piven Strategy, a 1966 political concept conceived by two American sociologists, Richard Cloward and Frances Piven (who also led an active activist life moonlighting from their gig at Columbia U.). The idea was based on their belief lotsa folks eligible for Welfare bennies weren’t getting their spot at the public-provided trough. To resolve that tragedy, they needed to foment a sign-up campaign so large, the sheer numbers would blow the doors off the administrating agencies, creating a crisis so big, it would shake awake the DC bureaucrats and emotionally driven Democrats, always sensitive to trading Boo-Hoos and Temper Fits for votes, government expansion, involvement, and dependency.

Being 1966, with the Ds in charge of everything, this was like mainlining catnip to Tabby!

Cloward-Piven “proposed to create a crisis in the current welfare system – by exploiting the gap between welfare law and practice – that would ultimately bring about its collapse and replace it with a system of guaranteed annual income. They hoped to accomplish this end by informing the poor of their rights to welfare assistance, encouraging them to apply for benefits and, in effect, overloading an already overburdened bureaucracy.” – Michael Reisch, “The Road Not Taken

‘Cloward-Piven’ became so popular in its simplicity and effectiveness, it morphed into a cliché. Its successful application is evidenced by the sheer volume of mind-numbing issues cascading over News consumers.’. Consider the permanent ‘COVID’ pandemic, vaccines, ‘variants’, mandates, the Afghanistan debacle, China, Russia, the southern border invasion of illegal immigrants, murders, riots, the economy, weak US labor data, inflation, recession, rising taxation, economic populism, collapsing supply chains, shortages and delays, soaring energy and food prices, CRT, public schools, social media censorship and the drumbeat of more appalling laws and regulations being schemed in the backrooms of Washington – everything happening concurrently. Who can comprehend it?

You can’t.

That’s the goal of the Cloward-Piven Strategy: Overwhelm to Overthrow.

Comprehension is not required.

The popular abbreviation, MSM (Main Stream Media), represents the necessary partner with those administrating the C-P Strategy. One could argue overwhelming government agencies commandeering the burgeoning Welfare State would have been accomplished eventually with typical political hubris, the unrelenting tenacity of Democrats, and vanishing principles of Republicans. However, that would have consumed more time than the Elite’s Timekeepers could allow.  The surprise election of Donald Trump ignited such panic within Deep State,  Swamp Things had to turbocharge their implementation of CP+MSM=T, an understatement easily supported by a pantload of yellow journalism.

When combined, C-P + MSM manifest the unholy matrimony between the political entities administering the C-P strategy and public conditioning by a weaponized MSM; to inundate an ignorant and apathetic populace with a perpetual torrent of incomprehensible disinformation and outright lies. Thanks to Alt Media, the Public gradually caught on to many of the lies, smears, and ‘fake news’ tactics but by then, the damage was done. Perpetrators, ‘empowered’ by the ease with which they pulled off their coup, were already on to bigger and badder things. ‘Disrupting’ and ‘overwhelming’ programs, policies and a Presidential election became mere playthings; the entire concept of America, a Constitutionally-Limited Government instituted to protect the unalienable Rights of Citizens was “oh-so-1776!”! It must be transformed.

The events of just the last 12 months are sufficient to understand the “ T” in our formula.

Tyranny. While the “T” word still gets derisive scoffs and snorts among the Raised Pinky set of the 99%, Liberal/Progressives policies championed by controlling Dems and marketed by their PR agencies embedded in the MSM, are eagerly marching the country down the one-way highway to Tyranny, the elimination of Freedom, to the point of not just ‘ruling’, but ‘owning’ us.

Resistance thus far has been sadly underwhelming.

Official Knee-Jerk Responses to public revelations of this campaign –  “Unacceptable!”, “Outrageous!”, “Unconstitutional!”, “UnAmerican!” – are transparent expressions of defeat, not the full-throated retaliation required. Where is the battle plan with specific recommendations for a counter-attack to defend and preserve the Republic? While there may be some cynically accurate answers, defeating the Cloward-Piven Strategy requires an equal and opposite reaction with identical operating principles and goals: a passionate, overwhelming and consistent response that nullifies the anti-freedom programs and policies incrementally established for the last 100 years.

All that’s needed is solving for X  in  L = X where L is Leadership and X is Who?

Brian Wilson [send him mail], nationally ignored talk show host and occasional LRC un-indicted co-contributor having recently released his fourth book, is now busily scribbling an unlikely screenplay for #3. With his spare hour, he is focused on splitting the atom and pursuing the elusive Whirled Peas, all from his technically challenged studios on the formerly pristine shores of the Great Unnamed Lake, allegedly in the Southeast

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