The Obama-Piven Strategy

My latest essay at PajamasMedia:

The Obama-Piven Strategy

We are in the middle of an epochal struggle over the direction of American economic policy.

The Democrats, who are currently in charge, want to follow a Keynesian model, which entails massive government spending — with its attendant tax increases and soaring deficit — to jump-start the economy.

The Republicans think the solution to our economic doldrums is to lower taxes and decrease spending, to stimulate business activity and help the nation climb out of its crippling debt.

And then there’s Barack Obama….

You might think he would be the natural spokesman for the Democratic strategy. And when the cameras are turned on, he is. But under the surface he’s also an advocate for a third economic policy, one that isn’t spoken of in polite company: The Cloward-Piven Strategy.

Problem is, the Cloward-Piven Strategy is not simply some alternate theory about the best way to rescue the American economy. Quite the opposite, in fact. Its goal is to intentionally ruin the economy, so as to arouse popular outcry for a revolutionary and fundamental change in our economic system.

I propose that President Obama is simultaneously trying to rescue the economy using the Keynesian/Democratic model while at the same time also trying to destroy the economy through the Cloward-Piven Strategy. His two mutually contradictory plans cancel each other out, rendering all his efforts self-negating, and this explains why the American economy has stalled.

I dub this the Obama-Piven Strategy. And it’s the reason why we remain mired in a deep recession. We are neither recovering, as the Keynesian model predicts, nor is capitalism collapsing, as the revolutionaries hope; the Obama-Piven strategy ensures that we remain in suspended animation between the two extremes.


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11 Responses to “The Obama-Piven Strategy”

  1. 1Rose on Aug 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm:

    Fascinating. It sure as hell isn’t helping PEOPLE, is it. Seems more to be a goal of breaking people so that they will be begging for his yoke and chains. The Nanny-State-Münchausen-by-proxy. Keep ‘em sick so they will need you, and you are in full control.

  2. 2Ringo the Gringo on Aug 17, 2010 at 7:43 am:

    I think President Obama is simply an incompetent leader. His instincts are Leftist, because that’s all he’s ever known from childhood onward, but ultimately he’s an egotist who has never run anything other than his own political campaigns, and who has no real understanding of economics. It’s very likely that he honestly believed that by combining Keynesian economic strategies with his own magnetic “Yes We Can” personality, he could pull us through. When that failed to work there was no plan B. Now he’s just winging it, making it up as he goes along….My guess is that becoming President was his ultimate goal (and, of course, being adored in the process)…and that the hard work, skill, knowledge and wisdom required to actually be a successful president is way beyond his pay-scale.

  3. 3Bakunin on Aug 18, 2010 at 9:10 am:

    This is a perfect example of “the paranoid style in american politics”. Zombie has no real proof to back up her claims. Nothing in his election platform, political statements or speeches lend towards these theories. Asked for proof, and the reply will be “well, there wont be any proof ’cause it’s “stealth economic revolution”” Either Zombie has a special insight into Obama’s mind, or this post is just wide eyed opinion and conjecture.

    But hay, preaching to the coir of like-minded paranoid individuals will really motivate the base, eh? I look forward to Zombies next Exposé, “Obama: Indonesian Muslim born in Kenya?!”

    Quick trivia for the the tea party crowd: Who was the first to argue for a “guaranteed annual income”? Hint: Glenn Beck stole the name from one of his most famous pamphlet to legitimize his book.

  4. 4phoenixgirl on Aug 19, 2010 at 4:08 am:

    heard beck talking about ZOMBIE!!!!! great job!

  5. 5psaturn on Aug 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm:

    Zombie, great job on this essay !!

    I just got an email from a friend that disturbed me.

    Apparently the Army Navy Surplus Store in Alameda is owned by devout Muslims and they even have a mannequin of a terrorist dressed in red checkered hijab and AK47. The customers in that store as noted by my friend were either black Oaklanders or Muslims…

    They sell guns too…

  6. 6tarpon on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:16 am:

    Agree with the breaking people so they cry out for anything that promises to make it stop, a fix. They forgot, Americans are not as stupid as Obama’s father’s Kenyans. And dreams of my “commie anti-Colonialist father” we are currently play acting out, is something so shallow that even the average person is now figuring out.

    This worked on the Wiemar Republic which then shepherded in Hitler and all his goodness.

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