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The Dots Get Connected: Soros Ally Teaches Democrats Cloward-Piven?

Posted on | May 13, 2012 | 23 Comments

Could we get Fox News to bring back Glenn Beck and his chalkboard for a two-hour special? Because what began with a seemingly minor item Friday in the Washington Examiner has exposed a direct connection between congressional Democrats and the radical network Beck so vividly described, involving George Soros, ACORN, SEIU and, yes, the notorious “Cloward-Piven Strategy.”

Before we get to the exclusive breaking news part of the story, let me recount how these dots got connected: Yesterday, I linked Joel Gerhke’s Examiner story in a post titled “Great: Corporate America Now Paying Democrats to Call Americans Racist,” which mentioned that the 2010 annual report for Maya Wiley’s Center for Social Inclusion (PDF, see Page 13) “lists many of the usual suspects, including George Soros’s Open Society Institute and the Soros-funded Tides Foundation.”

Operating in “file-and-forget” mode, I moved on to other stories until last night, when I was having fun on Twitter with the #ObamaBedtimeStories meme, and one of my jokes got re-Tweeted by my friend, investigative reporter Matthew Vadum. Because Matthew is perhaps the nation’s leading expert on the ACORN/SEIU/Soros connection, it occurred to me he might be able to get some data on the Soros connection to what Gehrke had reported. So I sent him a couple of Tweets about it. By the time I got up about 7 a.m. today, Vadum had sent me a spreadsheet listing foundation contributions to Wiley’s outfit. Quickly adding up the numbers and doing additional research online, within two-and-a-half hours I’d filed this brief report for The American Spectator:

A non-profit organization that provided training last week to House Democrats, portraying Republican opponents as racially motivated, has received significant funding from foundations linked to controversial left-wing multibillionaire George Soros.
Soros’s Open Society Institute has given $75,000 to the Center for Social Inclusion, which has also received more than $850,000 from the Soros-connected Tides Foundation/Tides Center since 2005, according to documents obtained by The American Spectator.
In a training session for House Democrats and their congressional staffers last week, Center for Social Inclusion founder and president Maya Wiley described “conservative messages” as being “racially coded,” and suggested that Democrats “raise racial disparities” in public policy discussions, Joel Gerhke of the Washington Examiner reported. . . .
The Soros-Wiley connection was noted by Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center. Vadum, an investigative reporter and American Spectator contributor, is author of the widely-praised recent book Subversion, Inc., an exhaustive exposé of ACORN. Wiley’s background also drew attention from Michelle Horstman of PJ Media, who noted that Maya Wiley is the daughter of 1960s radical George Wiley, founder of the National Welfare Rights Organization.

Please read the whole thing. Connecting the dots to the National Welfare Rights Organization links the Center for Social Inclusion to the “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” a 1960s left-wing effort to foment economic crisis and social revolution. This direct connection between the Soros-funded radical network and congressional Democrats could prove to be a major story, if Gerhke follows up on his original scoop and other reporters begin asking questions about why Democrats are getting election-year advice from such a controversial source.

 

 

UPDATE: This connection between Democrats and the Soros radical network has already drawn considerable attention from conservative bloggers, including The Lonely Conservative, The Blaze, Rio Norte Line, Moose and Squirrel and Blazing Cat Fur.

UPDATE II: In a recent investigative report on the Left’s election fraud tactics, James Simpson of Accuracy in Media provides a brief historical synopsis of the Cloward-Piven Strategy:

ACORN is the face of vote fraud, but its intellectual foundation is the Cloward Piven Strategy. Sociology professors Richard Cloward (Columbia University) and Frances Fox Piven (CUNY) were founding members of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Cloward died in 2001 but Piven lives on.
In 1966 Cloward and Piven penned an article for The Nation magazine titled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty.” They posited that if the poor were organized into street armies to demand all welfare benefits available to them, they could overwhelm and crash the system.
It became known as the “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” and is credited with expanding welfare rolls 151 percent between 1965 and 1974 and bringing New York City to the brink of bankruptcy in 1975.

It is important to mention the Cloward-Piven connection to the “Occupy Wall Street” movement: Six months before the first “Occupy” protests, socialists scholars met to discuss their plan for “redistributing wealth and power in the country,” and as I reported last year:

Professor Frances Fox Piven is an active supporter of the movement and told a public-radio interviewer: “I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States.” Piven also denounced the financial industry at a Sept. 29 rally in New York where, in a bizarre call-and-response speech, she told the crowd: “You’ve heard people say they’re greedy, and they are greedy. You’ve heard people say that they are thieves, and they are thieves. But they’re also cannibals, because they are eating their own.”

Here’s the video of Pivens’s “mike check” with the Occupiers:

UPDATE III: Why would Democrats be willing to resort to such desperate — indeed, dangerous — tactics as smearing Republicans as racist, as this Maya Wiley training session would seem to suggest?

Well, when Obama became America’s “first gay president” (thanks, Newsweek!), some polls indicated a sharp shift toward Mitt Romney. We can expect a dirty, desperate and deeply divisive campaign from Democrats this year.

 




 

UPDATE IV: Linked by Curt at Flopping Aces, by That Mr. G Guy and by Mike Rogers at Granite Grokthanks!

UPDATE V: Linked by Doug at the Daley Gatorthanks!

 


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  • BruceC

    I could never make up my mind if Beck was paranoid or if he was correct.  I never considered that being both was also an option…

  • http://therionorteline.com/ Michael Smith

    Appreciate the link…one of our co-bloggers, Black3Actual (a Desert Storm vet) has been all over the OWS folks and the ties to Cloward-Piven, Alinsky and Obama, he has a great piece on how the left hides cultural Marxism behind the charges of racism here: http://therionorteline.com/2012/05/05/cultural-marxism-making-race-into-a-weapon/

  • http://therionorteline.com/ Michael Smith

    “We can expect a dirty, desperate and deeply divisive campaign from Democrats this year.”

    Well, duh.

  • Quartermaster

    Stating the obvious. Dems know no other kind of campaign.

  • robertstacymccain

    I could never make up my mind if Beck was paranoid or if he was correct. 

    Sometimes the way Beck discussed this network tended to create the impression that there was something “crazy” about the real facts he discussed.

    It seemed to me that Beck was frustrated by the failure of others (not just in the MSM, but also in much of the conservative media) to recognize the possible significance of the connections he showed. Such frustration is entirely understandable. However, it seemed to me that after a while Beck let his frustration get to him and distract him.

    In 2009 and into early 2010, Beck would bring on informed, credible guests — among them, BTW, Matthew Vadum — to discuss the background elements of what David Horowitz has called “The Shadow Party.” For some reason (and I’m not sure what that reason was), the content and style of Beck’s TV show started to change in 2010. There was more of a “monologue” style to it, more of a sermon-like quality, and less reporting.

    Like I say, I can understand this: It’s easy to get frustrated and distracted, and it sometimes happens to me. But the loss of Beck’s presence on Fox – especially the great stuff he did in 2009 — has been quite detrimental, and his absence is keenly felt on a story like this. One suspects that there is a lot behind the scenes, involving clashes of egos and a certain amount of envy from some other Fox personalities, that explains what went wrong there.

  • Adobe_Walls

    The answer to all of the whys in this post is really very simple, because they are all Bolsheviks. From Acorn and Alinsky to Democrats and Soros, from Tides and Van Jones to OWS and Pelosi, they are all Bolsheviks. They are a pestilence and the bane of Humanity and must be eradicated root and branch.

  • Adobe_Walls

    I think part of Becks problem was a) he started proposing solutions to the dangers he reported on and b) most of those solutions were “we need more Christmas Spirit”. Beck’s facts were uniformly correct though many of his conclusions went a “coordinated plot” to far.
    Beck being removed from Fox, in the end is all about the money. The truism that it’s the ratings that matter is only true as long ratings bring ad revenue. The effectiveness of the Bolshevik’s campaign to directly threaten Beck’s and Fox’s advertisers is just another example of why the left must be destroyed utterly.

  • robertstacymccain

    1. As I say, certain other prominent personalities at Fox seemed to resent Beck’s sudden ascent to Tea Party star.

    2. Beck (or perhaps, some of those involved in Beck’s enterprises) alienated some people who should have been Beck’s allies.

    3. Beck’s background — as disc-jockey-turned-talk-show-host — perhaps did not prepare him adequately for the experience of being in the crucible, as he was in 2009-2010. It is difficult for many people to imagine what he must have experienced, being caught in a vice between (a) frantic left-wingers out to destroy him, and (b) Shep Smith’s $8 million-a-year ego.

    Oh, did I say too much?

    Anyway, I don’t claim that Beck’s handling of the pressures on him were the ideal of graciousness. Breitbart, a one-time Beck ally, was privately bitter toward him, as are some other erstwhile Beck supporters who, being alive, I won’t name. Nevertheless, the multiple forces working against Beck during his tenure at Fox News were quite extraordinary, and we ought not be hasty to judge Beck for not dealing well with pressures that none of us could probably handle.

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  • JeffS

     How else? 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-J-Dietl/1842357376 Mark J Dietl

    As much as people like to bitch about Beck, can anyone tell me when he has been wrong on his many predictions.

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  • CPAguy

    It was sad to see the new generation of Fox News management (i. e. the more liberal Murdoch youngsters who want Fox News to become CNN lite) help engineer Beck’s departure.

    Beck wasn’t perfect, but the whole “Beck was losing advertisers” meme is/was BS.  He got knocked a bit, but with his ratings, that really wasn’t what Fox was worried about.

    The ego of the old/long timers at fox (namely Sheppard “the white Flame” Smith) were his downfall.

    Beck did what Smith could never do, actually meet and exceed  the network’s expectations for bringing in an audience.

    Shep’s time slot is the reason for his “success,” nothing else.

  • CPAguy

     Obviously, not working at Fox has severely diminished Beck’s platform and been a big blow to Conservatism.

    Can you imagine how much damage Beck would have done to the likes of Romney (who he obviously hasn’t directly challenged him much…for reasons fairly obvious)….even if he wasn’t out directly attacking him?

    Somebody railing about Conservatism in Beck’s manner would have been very interesting during this very insane primary season.

    Personally (bank account that is), it has been a huge positive for Beck.

  • DaveO

    Beck was pushed out of Fox after Rupert Murdoch’s British enterprises were busted for cellphone hacking.

  • DaveO

    Beck outgrew Fox News. He went from evening personality to recognised leader of a public movement.

    The left has something over Murdoch and Ailes.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    I think you have to also factor in the fact that the change in Beck happened shortly after he found out he was going blind.  That’s when the sermons started.  Throw in a little messianic thinking that happens to many who are not prepared for sudden, huge fame, and you’ve got a situation ripe for what happened to Beck.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    The trouble for Beck started when he had that get together at the Washington Mall. That inspired a competing attempt by John Stewart with Steven Colbert. That’s when the folks at Fox realized Beck was getting way too big for them. They probably thought he was heading for a big fall and it might reflect so badly on them he’d take them down with him.

    Just ask yourself who else at Fox could have drawn those kinds of crowds, even once, just on their own.

    Sorry, Bill and Dennis, but the Bolder Fresher Tour just ain’t going to come close.

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  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    …For some reason (and I’m not sure what that reason was), the content and style of Beck’s TV show started to change in 2010. There was more of a “monologue” style to it, more of a sermon-like quality, and less reporting.

    He also stopped bringing on good and insightful people like Mr. Vadum, instead bringing on Evangelical ‘historians’ who ascribed to The Founders a religiosity that just wasn’t true.  The Founding Fathers were, indeed, more religious than the Left has indoctrinated us to believe, but their portrayal by these ‘historians’ made them look like they could host the 700 Club, and that was just not true for most of them.

  • Guy Average

     @Bob_Belvedere:disqus : The 700 Club is not biblical Christianity for the most part.  Having said that, The Founders were indeed devout Christians for the most part, all readers of The Bible and lived their lives on Christian Principle.  This is historical fact, but you’ll have to do your own research to discover it, because Leftist professors and lukewarm “Christians” of today do portray our forefathers in a different light.