These “mandates” being forced on America are the Cloward-Piven plan to destroy USA, end capitalism


The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

USA- Have you ever heard of the “Cloward-Piven strategy?” Do you know who Cloward and Piven are? Richard Cloward and Frances Piven were socialists who conceived a strategy in 1966 called the “Cloward-Piven Strategy.” (nobody said they were original).

So what is it? In short, it’s a political strategy which seeks to overload the American public welfare system to such a level that it basically bankrupts the nation and collapses on itself, thereby forcing the country to adapt socialism and/or communism.

A short time ago, Law Enforcement Today reported on a Paul Harvey piece called, “If I Were the Devil.” We will reference it below.

Suffice it to say that Harvey conceived his piece just one year before Cloward and Piven told how they would take down the American system. In other words, he was a prophet.

Well gang, take a look at what is going on. The Cloward-Piven strategy works by creating massive debt, get Americans to rely on welfare, food stamps and unemployment benefits, and then—in the ensuing economic collapse—businesses will be begging the government to save them.

We have seen all of this in the past 21 months, courtesy of the coronavirus.

Conservative Glenn Beck was actually on to Cloward and Piven back in 2010:


Look at the southern border? The Biden administration has left the border wide open, admitting millions of illegal aliens into the country, in particular over the past ten months, all of whom will be qualifying for federal welfare benefits.

They will be eligible for free health care, and of course since Biden is committed to “reuniting” families, those who have managed to sneak into our country will have their families welcomed with open arms.

Add to that the Biden administration’s plan to pay “reparations” to families separated at the border, by some sources an estimated $450,000 each. It doesn’t take a math genius to figure out this could leave American taxpayers on the hook for tens, if not hundreds of billions of dollars.

If that doesn’t collapse the economy, how about free public school for their children, as well as government-sponsored housing. More money for unions—construction and teachers.

Open borders is a Cloward-Piven dream come true. And the people who are pushing for it—Democrats—know that a good number of these people they are allowing to come into the country will return the favor by voting for them once they eventually become US citizens.

What is another Cloward-Piven dream come true? COVID-19. It started last year, when governors—mad with power—pushed the American people to see how much they were willing to take.

And for about half of those people, they were willing to take a lot.

When the government tells a certain segment of the population that their freedom and liberty is being restricted for their own good—for their “safety and welfare—and those people not only submitted but turned into the equivalent of “narcs” by turning in their friends and neighbors, the radicals became emboldened.

Once the American people had been softened by COVID, another gift dropped on the plates of the radicals—George Floyd. Leftists decided that “racial justice” was more important than keeping the streets safe.

They convinced people that while masks and social distancing were important for their “safety,” some things were “bigger” than COVID restrictions—social justice. And once again, half the American people bought it.

Police were made out to be the enemy while the radicals who were burning buildings, looting, and yes, killing people were excused and in some cases, actually helped out of jail by these same leftists.

Talks of closing jails and defunding the police became the talk in cities across the country. Police officers, feeling betrayed by the very people they chose to risk their lives protecting, either retired en masse or outright left law enforcement.

The chaos so favored by the Cloward-Piven adherents became the rule rather than the exception.

Now, the ultimate coup de gras of the Cloward-Piven acolytes has come courtesy of one Joseph Robinette Biden…vaccine mandates.

With the ranks of police officers already decimated by so-called “criminal justice reforms” and anti-police sentiment, Biden then directed OSHA to implement vaccine mandates on any business or entity with over 100 employees…meaning virtually any municipality in the country.

Not that he has any authority to do so because clearly using OSHA for such a purpose is outside the scope of their mission, but Biden (or more accurately his handlers) appears to believe that even if his dictate is eventually thrown out by the courts, he will already have accomplished what he set out to do…destroy public safety.

And that is clearly what he is trying to do. There can be no other reason for doing what he’s doing.

Under the Biden mandate using OSHA as well as forcing federal contractors to comply with his vaccine mandates, the ranks of police, fire, paramedics, nurses, prison guards and the military are being decimated.

Defense contractors who build our military aircraft and ships are also facing devastating losses by people who are refusing to submit to what they purport to be an experimental vaccine.

This mandate will put millions out of work, further straining the system. And, when unemployment turns into fear, and then chaos, there will not be enough law enforcement officers to deal with it. In essence, the police will be defunded without cities or towns having to lift a finger to do so.

And what of the military? Law Enforcement Today recently reported about two military contractors—Electric Boat, which builds our submarines, and Newport News Shipbuilding, which builds our aircraft carriers and other large military ships both having significant portions of their employees unvaccinated. The same goes with Boeing, which manufactures military aircraft.

Meanwhile, China and Russia are on the move, while our military falls further behind and while the Pentagon concerns itself with naming Navy ships after alleged child rapists and encouraging drag queen shows.

We have already seen the devastation caused by supply chain issues, which will be exacerbated in no small part by truck drivers, dock workers and cargo ship crews who likewise do not want to subject themselves to an experimental jab.

Remember all those flights canceled by Southwest and American Airlines? The ones caused by weird weather maladies that only seemed to affect those two particular airlines? And what of those airline employees, including pilots and flight attendants?

What of pilots for cargo carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and Prime Air? Many are reluctant to submit to the shot due to possible ramifications on their medical clearances to fly. Much of our goods are transported by aircraft.

We’ve already seen empty store shelves…what happens when we start running out of staples such as milk, bread, and eggs? Panic. Remember last year when people conducted a run on toilet paper, canned goods, bottled water, and Clorox wipe?

As the saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Where else have we seen empty shelves recently? Venezuela, anyone?

And what of so-called “vaccine passports?” If such a program were implemented on a widespread basis, it would crush what’s left of the economy. Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotels, and retail stores would be destroyed.

Many are still vulnerable after being shuttered for a good portion of 2020, that is those who survived. Anything along the lines of vaccine passports would be the death knell for many.

As a case in point, Scotland instituted a vaccine passport system. The Scotland Hotel Association recently announced a 40% drop in business; New York City restaurants, subject to the same restrictions reported similar results.

Then there is the matter of inflation. Democrats have purposefully undermined the American economy, printing trillions of dollars which has served to make money worthless and consumer prices have exploded in response.

Gas prices are at their highest level in over seven years, and likely to go much higher, according to experts. Home heating prices are likewise expected to be much higher this winter and a cold winter in much of the country could prove disastrous for a large segment of the American people, in particular low and middle-income Americans.

If this were to happen, it would collapse what remains of the American economy, which is in our mind exactly what Biden and the Democratic party want so they can unveil their socialist “utopia.”


This is of course nothing new. Back in 2014, The Federalist Papers warned about the government’s move toward socialism by implementing the Cloward-Piven strategy when Obama was president.

The only thing that put the brakes on it was the election of Donald Trump in 2016.

As the outlet warned:

The tactic of overwhelming the welfare structure REQUIRES the complicity of the government itself. A grassroots movement cannot and will never compel federal and state governments to expand welfare initiatives if they do not wish to. If welfare programs are not expanded beyond their capacity to be maintained, they cannot be overwhelmed.

Therefore, government must cooperate with the Cloward-Piven Strategy by generating more and more welfare programs to be exploited. That is to say, the elitists who control our government, regardless of their claimed political party, must WANT to arrange circumstances to allow for Cloward-Piven to be successful.

Under Biden, it looks like we are there.

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For our previous report updating Paul Harvey’s “If I Were The Devil,” we invite you to:


The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

USA- On April 3, 1965, legendary broadcaster Paul Harvey gave one of his amazing soliloquys called “If I Were The Devil,” in which he mused how Satan would go about destroying the greatest country on the face of the Earth, the United States of America.

So here at Law Enforcement Today we decided to revisit Paul Harvey’s words and put a 2021 mark on it.

Harvey said:

“…I would not be happy until I seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to eve: ‘Do as you please.’ ‘Do as you please.’”


This week, in a country thousands of miles away, we saw what the final nail in the American coffin may be, as a weak, inept, cognitively disabled man who calls himself “president” gave terrorists…men with little education, virtual goat herdsmen full power and control over what was at one time the most powerful nation in the world.

Time was when the United States would dictate its own terms. No longer. 

Presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, Ronald Reagan, the Bush’s for a time, and Donald Trump would have never tucked their tails between their legs and ceded authority over our citizens and our allies to a bunch of third-world Neanderthals.

In fact just last week, Trump said exactly what he, as commander in chief, would have done to the Taliban.


Some have suggested using the 25th amendment to remove the feckless, incompetent Joe Biden from office, or perhaps he should resign.

What would that leave us with? Kamala Harris, who, as Americans are stranded…yes Jen Psaki, stranded behind enemy lines, got on Air Force Two and bailed out of the country to Singapore and Vietnam…two countries about as far away from Afghanistan as you can get.

This is the same Kamala Harris, who five months ago was assigned to deal with our southern border, now wide open for ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorists to walk across and perpetrate another terrorist attack on our country.

“Do as you please.” If I were the devil, I would distract the American people with a virus no more deadly in most cases than the seasonal flu. I would mask up our children, so they become fearful of showing their faces, afraid of an invisible monster that responsible parents used to tell their children did not exist.

If I were the devil, I would tell people that men can have babies, that there are more than two genders and you can be whatever you choose to be, or even you can be vapid, empty, nothing. You can be “gender non-binary.”

If I were the devil, I would tell 4-year-olds that if they were born as a boy they could transition to being a girl, if they were born as a girl they could transition to being a boy. And if the parents were not together I would disregard one parents attempt to stop it. 

If I were the devil, I would tell people that, unlike the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, skin color was everything, that character, hard work, dedication and morality didn’t matter.

I would tell people that because you were born a certain color, you were inherently racist, possessed some type of privilege, and suppressed people different from you.

“…if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me,” Harvey said.

If I were the devil, I would have teachers put in place who worship at the altar of their unions and leftist ideology, who no longer tolerate debate and exchange of ideas but rather indoctrinate our children to despise the founding of our country, to worship on the altar of woke ideology, to hate the police and who teach that destroying others’ property is virtuous.

If I were the devil, I would use fear, intimidation, and even violence to convince people that their God-given rights, rights to free speech and freedom of assembly, the right to worship freely, the right to protect yourself and your family, and the right to privacy in your communications are subservient to the government and big tech.

If I were the devil, I would have people worship not at the altar of God or a higher power but instead at the altar of “man-made” climate change.

I would redistribute wealth from the risk-takers and those who work hard, save their money, invest their time, talent and treasure to those who would rather take than give, who contribute nothing to society.

“If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious,” Harvey said.

If I were the devil, I would excoriate, demonize, and foment hate for the peacemakers, the police who are indeed the thin blue line protecting good from evil, I would defund, demoralize, and dismantle local police departments in favor of an overarching police state, centralized in Washington, D.C. under the control of leftist bureaucrats.

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If I were the devil, I would lionize and deify those who destroy property, steal from others, assault and murder their ideological and political opponents, I would jail those who engage in political protest against my preferred ideology.

I would raise up career criminals as heroes and donate money to bail out criminal thugs.

If I were the devil, I would put in place evil, power-hungry, liberty-hating ideologues hell-bent on doing not what is good for the American people but what is good for their power structure.

If I were the devil, I would let those who put their lives on the line for our country lie homeless on the streets of America, tired, hungry and desperate.

If I were the devil, I would demoralize the greatest military in the world, I would put in place “leaders” who are concerned not with the enemies around the world who seek to destroy our country and our way of life, but rather matters such as so-called “white rage,” even as those who would destroy us mobilize around the world.

I would have our military leaders read Marxist-based literature such as “How to Be An Antiracist,” “White Fragility,” and “The 1619 Project,” not to learn not what to do but rather to train our troops not in the art of warfare but in critical race theory, not why America is the greatest experiment in freedom and democracy in world history, but why America was “founded on racism and slavery.”

If I were the devil, I would make our military some great social experiment, where gender identity is more important than having a trained, ready and willing defense apparatus. I would put out recruiting videos highlighting “diversity” while our adversaries are recruiting warriors.

If I were the devil, I would take a man who drew tens of thousands of people to rallies across the United States, who had hundreds of cars parading through streets and boats through harbors, and I would have the mainstream media and social media conspire to silence him.

If I were the devil, I would take a country that in January was energy independent for the first time in 70 years, where employment was starting to come back after a year-long pandemic, where prices were stable for years and make it once again reliant on oil from foreign countries that hate us, incentivize people to stay home and play video games while refusing work, and increasing gas prices by 50% and pushing inflation to its highest level in decades.

If I were the devil, I would have a southern border that was secure, where people who would harm us were kept out of the country and turn it into a virtual revolving door where anyone who wants to enter our country is able to, no matter what their background or intentions.

I would take something like “Operation Warp Speed,” which provided the American people with a vaccine to battle a deadly virus in record time and make sure that its success wasn’t announced until mere days after a questionable presidential election, where if announced only days earlier may have swayed the election in a different direction.

If I were the devil, I’d turn neighbor against neighbor over mask mandates and vaccine mandates and remove personal choice over one’s health and instead turn it over to government bureaucrats. I’d force school children with a near zero risk of becoming seriously ill to wear masks, removing any and all sense of identity. 

If I were the devil, I would ignore the significant and long-term psychological impacts of lockdowns, shutdowns and social isolation, leading some children and others to become hopeless and seeing no way out, take their own lives. 

If I were the devil, I would elevate a governor in one of our most important states to hero status, despite his sentencing senior citizens to a death sentence by putting COVID positive  patients in nursing homes, and sexually harassing women, while marshalling forces against another governor who showed overwhelming success in battling that same virus because he wasn’t from the right political party.

If I were the devil, I would weaponize American federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to engage in a three-year witch hunt of a man who wanted nothing more than to “Make America Great Again.”

If I were the devil, I would have an evil woman named Hillary Clinton approve a plan to vilify that man with false allegations that he was colluding with Russia to distract from her own probable crimes of using an unsecure server to disseminate classified information.

If I were the devil, I would have the American media ignore the vast successes of that same man, including standing up to China, destroying ISIS, drawing down the threat from a North Korean madman, moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and who brokered peace deals in the Middle East between Israel and five Arab-Muslim countries.

If I were the devil, I would have a partisan Congress embark on two fraudulent impeachments of that man, talk of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him, allegations of health and psychological issues, and after the questionable election accusing him of inciting an “insurrection,” using that as a basis for the 2nd impeachment.

If I were the devil, I would have a candidate for president hide in his basement for the duration of the campaign, appearing only a few select times in carefully scripted appearances while that same mainstream media gave him cover.

I would convince the American people that this man and his repulsive vice-presidential pick, someone so disliked she couldn’t draw 6% support in her own state, got over 80 million votes, and despite significant evidence of malfeasance across only swing states, the election was totally honest.

If I were the devil, I would have social media companies such as Twitter engage in outright censorship, scuttling stories about a laptop owned by the son of Joe Biden which contained information tied to corrupt foreign business deals in Ukraine and China.

If I were the devil, I would have those same mainstream media and social media companies perpetrate a story tying that laptop into an alleged “Russian disinformation” scheme, according to “more than 50 former senior intelligence officials.” Incidentally, intelligence officials from the same agencies who conspired to foment the Russia collusion hoax.  

If I were the devil, I’d make sure that 36% of Democrats knew nothing about the Hunter Biden laptop story prior to the election such that 4.6% of Democrats would not have voted for the challenger had they known the story, thus changing the election and therefor the course of the United States.

If I were the devil, I’d have the American people go to be on election night with the incumbent president having what appeared to be insurmountable leads in key swing states, only to see five of those swing states all at the same time say they were going to stop counting votes, then miraculously putting the challenger in the lead in the morning.

If I were the devil, I’d have Democrat’s file hundreds of lawsuits in the leadup to the election to overturn election laws in key states such as Pennsylvania, then I would have the United States Supreme Court refuse to take clearly unconstitutional acts because of “standing.”

If I were the devil, I would silence the president of the United States from social media while allowing terrorist organizations such as the Taliban as well as the Chinese Communist Party to remain on the platform.

If I were the devil, I would have Congress go on an unhinged spending spree, sentencing our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to a life of servitude to the government, holding us hostage to China which holds much of that debt.

If I were the devil, I’d put in place a White House press secretary who tries to equivocate as to what the meaning of “stranded” is, as we have some 15,000 Americans stranded in Afghanistan, held captive behind enemy lines by Taliban jihadists.

If I were the devil, I would reduce America’s standing with our allies such as Britain, France, Germany and others and make it so our country can no longer be a trusted ally, destroying America’s reputation around the world and making our country a laughingstock in countries such as China and Russia.

Finally, if I were the devil, I would reduce the United States to a mere afterthought on the world stage, where its president is a decrepit, cognitively declined, inept shell of a man, a laughingstock of those who would destroy us such as Vladimir Putin, Xi in China. I would turn families against each other over a virus, and I would put Marxists in the halls of power. I would demoralize patriots to the point where they feel distraught, hopeless, and miserable.

Now, take the sentence…”if I were the devil…” and substitute, “If I wanted to destroy the United States of America, the greatest nation in world history…” That is what we are up against. 

If I were the devil…if I wanted to destroy the United States of America…I’d do exactly what today’s leftists are doing. 

Fortunately, we have not reached the last part yet. At least half of America is wide awake and doesn’t like what it is seeing. However time is running short.

The devil can be defeated…he has been defeated before.

It takes guts, determination, and a resolve that America has used before to defeat the British crown, to bring the country together after the Civil War, and to beat Nazi and Japanese aggression in World War II. It also takes faith and belief in Divine Providence, and we will get through this.

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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