Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Cloward-Piven paper

How can the poor be organized to press for relief from poverty? How can a broad-based movement be developed and the current disarray of activist forces be halted? These questions confront, and confound, activists today. It is our purpose to advance a strategy which affords the basis for a convergence of civil rights organizations, militant anti-poverty groups and the poor. If this strategy were implemented, a political crisis would result that could lead to legislation for a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.

This vomitrocious paper can be read in full here: The Weight of the Poor.

Funny, we still have poverty, despite spending trillions on it since the welfare state began. As Jesus said, "For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good..."


  1. Diane:
    A VERY good post.

    Seems I recall having had "the poor" even BEFORE Johnson's "gimme" act in the 60s (the birth of public assistance), and people DID get by...many succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, too.

    Charitable agencies helped, but mostly, people either helped EACH OTHER, or, when all else failed...HELPED THEMSELVES!
    (and not to everyone else's paycheck).

    People had more personal honor and dignity back then, I suppose.

    It's all about CHARACTER.
    Some have it, others want it, and some wouldn't know it if it up & bit 'em in the butt.

    Again, great post.

    Stay safe down there.

  2. My parents grew up during the depression, and amazingly enough, got by without the government. More than a few did. We seem to have gotten to a point where people think the government "owes" them something. I don't get the mentality.