The Cloward-Piven strategy aimed to overload the U.S. welfare system through massive enrollment to precipitate a crisis leading to a guaranteed national income program. The strategy called for enrolling as many poor people as possible in welfare to overwhelm the system. Some believe this strategy is still used to increase public dependency.
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- It is a political strategy outlined by two sociologists, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, in 1966.
- The goal was to overburden the U.S. public welfare system to precipitate a crisis that would lead to replacing welfare with a national guaranteed annual income.
- It advocated getting as many people as possible enrolled in welfare programs to strain the system.
- The strategy suggested registering eligible individuals to vote and helping them apply for welfare benefits.
- This would theoretically overwhelm local and state welfare systems and bankrupt the government.
- The crisis would force the Democratic party to enact a national solution of a guaranteed annual income.