ACORN born in leftist
Originated in strategy to 'hasten the fall of capitalism'
May 13, 2009
11:20 pm Eastern
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
The Cloward-Piven strategy
On the May 2, 1966, Professor of Social Work Richard A. Cloward, and his then associate Frances Fox Piven, wrote a pivotal article in The Nation, articulating "a strategy to end poverty."
In what became known as the Cloward-Piven strategy, the article argued a revolutionary approach to mobilizing the poor in the form of class warfare against capitalist forces viewed as exploiting labor and oppressing the poor.
David Horowitz, a long-time student of leftist political movements in the
Cloward and Piven argued a "guaranteed annual income" should be established as an entitlement for the poor, a right the poor could assert and demand to be paid.
Arguing for massive registration of poor in existing social welfare programs, Cloward and Piven sought to create a crisis that could be exploited to obtain a fundamental redistribution of power in favor of the "have-nots."
Advancing their socialist revolutionary aims, Cloward and Piven explained the crisis they sought "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."
The Cloward-Piven strategy sought to apply the tactics of the revolutionary civil rights movement, including urban riots, to the poor as a whole, transcending interest-group politics defined by race to involve interest-group politics defined by class.
Sol Stern, writing
in the City Journal, noted that foot soldiers hired by the NWRO were
successful in expanding welfare rolls from 4.3 million to 10.8 million by the
mid-1970s. The result was that in
James Simpson, a former White House staff and budget analyst, asserts in American Thinker that the "vast expansion of welfare in New York City that came of the NWRO's Cloward-Piven tactics sent the city into bankruptcy in 1975."
ACORN, Obama, and Cloward-Piven
William Radke, the founder of ACORN, was a member
of the radical Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, before he dropped out
He next worked for George Wiley's NWRO in
With ACORN, Radke resolved to apply the Cloward-Piven strategy as a " organizer" in an effort to recruit radicals to register to vote as Democrats, often fraudulently, in local, state and national elections.
Radke's idea was to create a crisis in voter registration similar to the crisis in registration for welfare benefits that Cloward and Piven had initially sought to cause.
Funded heavily by George Soros through his Open Society Institute, ACORN has followed a three-point strategy that James Simpson described as follows:
In 1992, while he was working as a community organizer in