Dan Friedman writes:
It's not "Populism," It's Incitement & Class Warfare
Demogogue (noun) : a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
The Wan's media groupies said he would "pivot" after Mass., and The Wan certainly has - with breathtaking speed. In the New York Times Style Book (cf. Axelrod's Media Guide), the suddenly new and improved Obama has been born again as a "populist." But any real dictionary will furnish an entirely different meaning. Leveraging the people's problems to scapegoat our banks, pit us against our free-market economic system and drive us into the arms of the state, while diverting our eyes from the culprits in the Democratic camp, fits the description of a leftwing demagogue and class warrior instead.Orwell warned us about the vicious circle some time ago - language corrupts thought, thought corrupts language - and we should have seen it coming. We would have too, but in November of 2008 the country was in the mood to grasp at straws. But now that we've been blessed with a rare second chance, woe to us if we allow Second City copywriters, street corner hustlers and liberal fantasy factories to deceive us again. Look who we wound up with the last time we fell for their crap.Dan Friedman
... the "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks 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........Cloward-Piven's early promoters cited radical organizer Saul Alinsky as their inspiration. "Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules," Alinsky wrote in his 1972 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judaeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system's failure to "live up" to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist "rule book" with a socialist one..... The result, they predicted, would be "a profound financial and political crisis" that would unleash "powerful forces … for major economic reform at the national level."Their article called for "cadres of aggressive organizers" to use "demonstrations to create a climate of militancy." Intimidated by threats of ... violence, politicians would appeal to the federal government for help. Carefully orchestrated media campaigns, carried out by friendly, leftwing journalists, would float the idea of "a federal program of income redistribution," in the form of a guaranteed living income for all -- working and non-working people alike. Local officials would clutch at this idea like drowning men to a lifeline. They would apply pressure on Washington to implement it. With every major city erupting into chaos, Washington would have to act.This was an example of what are commonly called Trojan Horse movements -- mass movements whose outward purpose seems to be providing material help to the downtrodden, but whose real objective is to draft poor people into service as revolutionary foot soldiers; to mobilize poor people en masse to overwhelm government agencies with a flood of demands beyond the capacity of those agencies to meet. The flood of demands was calculated to break the budget, jam the bureaucratic gears into gridlock, and bring the system crashing down. Fear, turmoil, violence and economic collapse would accompany such a breakdown -- providing perfect conditions for fostering radical change. That was the theory.
Now go read "Recent Efforts to Overload the American System," just published this month by DiscoverTheNetworks.