by George Rasley
Three things now moving rapidly below the surface of American politics and culture should alert conservatives to the extreme danger now facing the United States and the future of constitutional government.
The first is the successful execution of the Chinese Communist bio-warfare attack on the West; the second is the speed at which the Cloward-Piven strategy of overwhelming government services to bring down the target government has advanced, and the third is the ease with which Far Left media operators have stampeded the executive branch of state and local government into enthusiastically violating the Constitution in the name of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Those with a sense of history will recall that in the last great attack on America – the Islamist attack on 9/11/2001 – the real strategic goal of the attackers was not the sad loss of life inflicted at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and through the destruction of United Airlines flight 93 at Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The goal was to destroy the American economy.
Yet, as economics and business researcher and author Marc Davis observed, “the size, scope and strength of the U.S. economy was so immense that when all the calculations had been concluded, the damage was relatively small. Furthermore, the most severe effects were felt in a geographically limited area – Manhattan, Washington, DC, and Virginia – so the economic damage didn’t ripple out too far from ground zero.”
This time it is different – this time through our own government’s choices we have provided the Red Chinese with proof of concept on how a bio-warfare attack could work to destroy our economy and then allowed them to move directly to the execution phase of the attack by permitting them continued access to our media to spread fear through propaganda, by permitting them continued access to our capital markets to rebuild any collateral damage to their own economy and by permitting them continued access to our homeland to spread the disease by keeping transportation links open between Red China and the United States open.
So, if this is an attack on the United States by Communist China, should we expect the Peoples Liberation Army to land in San Francisco tomorrow?
Although they would probably be welcomed there with open arms, that is not where this attack is headed; the next phase is the collapse or near collapse of government due to the overwhelming demand for services by those whose livelihoods have been destroyed in Red China’s biological attack on our homeland.
As Brandon Smith explained in an article for ZeroHedge, Columbia University, sociologist professors Richard Cloward and Francis Fox Piven introduced a political strategy to take down the federal constitutional order in 1966 in an article entitled ‘The Weight Of The Poor: A Strategy To End Poverty‘.
This article outlined a plan that they believed would eventually lead to the total transmutation of America into a full-fledged centralized welfare state (in other words, a collectivist enclave). The spearpoint of the Cloward-Piven strategy involved nothing less than economic sabotage against the U.S.
Theoretically, according to the doctrine, a condition of overwhelming tension and strain could be engineered through the overloading of American welfare rolls, thereby smothering the entitlement program structure at the state and local level.
The implosion of welfare benefits would facilitate a massive spike in poverty and desperation, creating a financial crisis that would lead to an even greater cycle of demand for a fully socialized system. This desperation would then “force” the federal government to concentrate all welfare programs under one roof, nationalize and enforce a socialist ideology, and ultimately, compact an immense level of power into the hands of a select few.
As Cloward and Piven proposed, we now see the concentration of welfare programs to serve those made desperate and soon to be impoverished in the Democrat-led multi-trillion-dollar federal bailout and welfare bills just passed by Congress..It should surprise no one that the attendent corporate bailout funds will be managed or at least influenced by Blackrock’s Chairman and CEO Larry Fink, who already controls a fund with an estimated pre-crash value of $7 trillion.
While the “massive spike” in poverty has yet to be realized, the massive spike in desperation is already upon us – millions who had never had it so good on New Years Day 2020 are now desperate about how to pay their rent or mortgage, where next week’s groceries will come from and how to pay April’s bills.
And, as Mr. Smith explained, the tactic of overwhelming the welfare structure REQUIRES the complicity of the government itself. In the affluence of 21st century America a political movement could never create an army of impoverished people to collapse the government; government, by fiat or incompetence, is the only entity that can create that massive spike in desperation and poverty.
And so today we see government, starting in Democrat-controlled states and localities, but quickly spreading to more conservative states and localities through fear and propaganda creating the millions of desperate, poverty-stricken people that Cloward and Piven posited would be necessary to collapse existing government structures and bring about a socialist America.
Today, analysts believe more than 10 million Americans are newly unemployed due to the response to the COVID-19 epidemic and an unprecedented 6.65 million Americans filed a new jobless claim in the week ending March 28. These vast numbers of newly unemployed are becoming even more deserate as unemployment office webportals crash and help lines are unavailable due to the sheer volume of traffic.
And of course, a socialist America would be much less powerful economically and militarily and more ideologically aligned with the Red Chinese.
Fear and propaganda are key weapons in this assault on constitutional government and they have been deployed with great skill to put in place the final element of the battle plan: The meek acceptance of the suspension of their constitutional liberties by millions of Americans.
In state after state, jurisdiction after jurisdiction, Americans seem to have meekly accepted the suspension of the Constitution: The closure of houses of worship, the arrest of ministers and religious leaders, the suspension of the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms, the suspension of the right to assemble and petition the government and the censorship of information by Leftwing corporations and media outlets are only some the most obvious.
These lockdowns and suspensions of civil liberties are unprecedented in times of peace, neither do they have any historical precedent in past epidemics, such as the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic.
They do, however, have precedent in the revolutionary histories of other nations where the Left has suspended constitutional liberties, seized control of the flow of information and eventually seized control of the government and nationalized key industries and food distribution.
And so, we see today regular demands from Leftists, such as New York City’s Mayor Bill DeBlasio, for key industries to be nationalized. And censorship of the news by Leftwing media outlets has now become common and accepted – even official statements of government policy from the President are censored.
And there is serious talk of deploying smartphone apps to track individuals in the name of containing the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. There is also apparent social approval of neighbors shaming and informing on neighbors all in the name of coercing social conformity to allegedly fight the epidemic.
All of these extraordinary fear-based measures serve to erode American belief in the power of the individual to rule his or her own life, and to normalize and focus social pressure on those who may be inclined to resist extra-constitutional action by the government.
And they make it easier for Americans to accept government-imposed social conformity on the Red Chinese model.
We don’t allege a conspiracy between the American Left and the Red Chinese government, rather they have similar goals and a record of acting with great alacrity when history presents them with an opportunity to advance toward those goals.
In an October 2019 column for Fox News, Prof. Victor Davis Hanson warned that “far from a newly rich China becoming Westernized politically, the West and the rest of the world are more likely to become politically repressive like China.” Professor Hanson was right, and, to the great advantage of the Red Chinese and our own political Left, the coronavirus panic has dramatically sped us toward that end.
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