Who Were Cloward & Piven? What is Cloward – Piven?
Richard Cloward and Francis Piven were political science professors at Columbia University in the 1960’s. Saul Alinsky, the radical “organizer” and avowed Marxist, Communist / socialist, was their mentor and inspiration.
The Watts riots in Los Angeles , which went on for 7 days was the inspiration for them to develop a strategy for forcing social and political change through an orchestrated crisis. The purpose of their 1966 program for social change was to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
Early Cloward – Piven supporters now support left wing unions like SEIU and elements of George Soros’s , Shadow Party.