Cloward-Piven, Saul Alinsky, Project VOTE, and Obama


by Sharon Rondeau

How far-reaching are the teachings and methods of Saul Alinsky?

(Jun. 5, 2012) — During the 1960s, two Columbia University professors developed a strategy to destroy the U.S. economy by significantly increasing the number of welfare recipients and collapsing the financial system to the point where socialism would necessarily be instituted.  Professors Frances Fox Piven and Richard Andrew Cloward believed that capitalism was “greedy” and that a “popular uprising” was needed to abolish it through “orchestrated crisis.”

Intervention by the federal government in the 2008 financial crisis by President Bush continued after Obama entered the White House, to include a $819 billion stimulus bill in February 2009 a bailout of the auto industry and a more restrictive banking bill in 2010.

Was Obama trying to “overwhelm the system?”  Was he a student of Prof. Frances Fox Piven if he indeed attended Columbia University?

By “mobilizing the poor” to initiate “social change,” Cloward and Piven hoped to create “a profound financial and political crisis” in America.

It is reported that Cloward and Piven were inspired by the teachings of Saul Alinsky, who wrote Rules for Radicals, dedicated to Lucifer, the first community organizer, and that their actions led to the 2008 financial collapse.  Had the balance of power in Congress been different, would the collapse have occurred?

The Cloward-Piven strategy reportedly gave rise to the National Welfare Reform Organization (NWRO) and ACORN, whose founder, Wade Rathke, had been a member of SDS, or Students for a Democratic Society, of which Bill Ayers was also a member.  Rathke became a community organizer who sought to register as many Democrat voters as possible so as to “overwhelm” local elections.  George Wiley, reportedly a Black Nationalist, founded several organizations in the 1960s and ’70s to assist in the implementation of the Cloward-Piven strategy.  By 1975, New York City’s economy was on the brink of collapse after the welfare rolls grew exponentially as a result of Wiley’s involvement:

Using increasingly violent tactics… mass demonstrations… vandalism… and threats of physical intimidation, the NWRO incited a human stampede that played an invaluable role in helping to bring down a city with one of the world’s most vibrant economies… New York City.

Two decades after the welfare crisis in New York, a federal welfare reform bill was passed “which imposed time limits on federal welfare, along with strict eligibility and work requirements.”

The SDS developed into the Weathermen, later known as the Weather Underground.  Members of the SDS “occupied buildings at universities such as Columbia and destroyed draft records.”  One of the goals of the SDS was to begin a “race war” in the U.S.

One observer described today’s “Occupiers” as “fundamentally anarcho-communist revolutionaries” seeking greater numbers to participate in “collective militant action.”

Another outgrowth of the Cloward-Piven strategy was “Human SERVE,” which advocated easily-accessible voter registration for the poor.  Cloward and Piven were said to have been students of Saul Alinsky’s method to organize and mobilize poor communities.

Project VOTE was founded in 1982 by Sanford Newman, who could be the son of Dr. Fred Newman, who founded several controversial political parties and “social therapy.”  Sandy Newman hired Barack Obama to head the Cook County, IL office of Project VOTE because of his ability in the area of community organizing.  The Rev. Jeremiah Wright was reportedly on Obama’s steering committee.

While it is reported that Obama began working at Project VOTE in the “early 1990s,” there is evidence that he might have been involved earlier.  In a video produced in August 2008, Prof. Emeritus John McKnight stated that Obama was a trainee in a program for community organizers in Chicago in 1982, which does not mesh with Obama’s public story of having attended Columbia University at that time.

Project VOTE’s mission is to “empower, educate, and mobilize low-income, minority, youth, and other marginalized and under-represented voters,” focusing on “Americans of color.”  It seeks to enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act passed in 1993.

The Post & Email contacted Prof. McKnight with several questions about his mentoring of Obama.  McKnight responded that “I do not have this detailed information. Barack’s direct supervisor was Jerry Kellman and you can reach him at…”

It is independently reported that Obama was taught by “Gerald Kellman” prior to working for ACORN. During the 2008 campaign, Obama mentioned spending three years in Kellman’s training program.  McKnight had identified the years “1982, 1983 and 1984” in the video during which he explained the community training program, although the context is not clear.

In an interview with PBS, Kellman stated that he hired Obama after a telephone interview and face-to-face interview in New York City, where Obama was reportedly living in 1985.  Kellman was quoted as having said that Obama arrived in Chicago in a car given to him by the program and worked there for two years.  He stated that Obama had “been a foreign kid…He’d been American growing up in a foreign country.”  Kellman said that Obama spent “vacations” in Chicago even while attending Harvard Law School.

Kellman was trained in Chicago by Saul Alinsky himself but later went into journalism and earned a divinity degree.  He was raised in a Jewish household but converted to Catholicism as an adult.  Obama reportedly referred to Kellman as “Marty Kaufman” in his book, Dreams From My Father.

Kellman reportedly communicated with David Maraniss, whose new book on Obama’s purported early years is due to be released later this month.

Obama’s official story is that he was born in Hawaii and spent four years in Indonesia, although an Associated Press story early in the campaign stated that he went to Indonesia when he was two, not six, years old.

The Post & Email has contacted Mr. Kellman and will report any response it receives from him.

The Obama campaign began its own “Project Vote” earlier this year to enlist likely Democrat voters for his re-election.

Since Obama’s ascension, members of ACORN have visited the White House and reportedly asked the U.S. Justice Department to prevent states from enforcing restrictions on voter registrations.  Recently the Justice Department has attempted to enjoin Texas and Florida from removing illegals from their voting rosters and has sued the states of Utah, South Carolina, Alabama and Arizona for passing bills aimed at curbing illegal immigration.

5 Responses to "Cloward-Piven, Saul Alinsky, Project VOTE, and Obama"

  1. gigclick   Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    All these guys look like they would kill their mothers for a hundred bucks. Maybe fifty if the deal falls short. As long as these scum are moving freely in society, they will find others like themselves and continue to rob, steal and destroy others in their quest for power. These sick human examples remind me of bugs that are really irritating and no one likes irritating bugs unless you are one. Many people like these were eliminated in past wars and social orders but they always seem to reappear in entitlement roles and positions that no one of any integrity would grant to these fools in the first place. Marx, Lenin and Engels were the same type of sick people that once in control, enslaved entire populations of people in Godless coups that always ended in millions dead and total failure. They haven’t rewritten all the history books yet, maybe people should read more about history and one of the best history books is the Old and New Testament, filled with stories of people just like these sick power freaks that only caused damage and ruination to others that are not like them. They curse the earth with their filthy minds and insatiable greed, the Godless will pay a very steep price. “Read All About It” should be the headlines, Bibles on sale now! Get the REAL story! They laugh now, but their judgement day is coming and what pleasure it will be to see justice rain down. It may be “Fast And Furious”.

  2. Dabigragu   Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    You’ve pulled this all together very nicely Sharon. Excellent article.

  3. 2discern   Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    The apple has not fallen far from the tree. Rules for Radicals dedicated to Lucifer. For obvious reasons the author acknowledges that God does exist since Lucifer is a fallen angel according to Scripture.

    In addition, the names, titles given to him from the Bible such as the Deceiver, Father of Lies, the evil serpent (after the curse)denotes attributes. barry soetero has identical traits in his actions. Consistently lying, deceptive, fraudulent dealings and most noteworthy, an impostor. Portraying to be someone else is the epitome of deceit. Satan also portends false ID. An wolf in sheep’s clothing,an angel of light, etc. impostor specialist. One step further in deception, the complicity of all CONgress, they all pretend to uphold the Constitution with zero that actually do.

  4. OPOVV   Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Dear Sharon,
    Very interesting indeed. It makes one wonder what possible life changing traumatic experience those two, Piven and Cloward, had while being potty trained. I mean, talk about not getting with the program.
    There’s so many holes in their hypothesis that it should be known as “The Amazing Swiss Cheese Fleece”, commonly called Socialism. I’ll tell you this: Academia is NOT THE REAL WORLD.
    Those idiots, along with Alinsky, should have actually worked for a living instead of living a sheltered life and feeling sorry for the corrupt, lazy and a bunch of losers who like to whine.
    I’m sorry, well, pretend sorry, that people give those losers the time of day. Let them live in a Concentration Camp or a Gulag for a couple of years, then maybe they’ll realize that freedom is keeping the government off your back.
    You can always tell who served in the military and, of those, who BELIEVE IN THE OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION THAT THEY TOOK.
    Those three clowns, Cloward, Piven, and Alinsky, wouldn’t have survived boot camp, much less served with honor and earned an Honorable Discharge.
    Low life, despicable scum, just as Obama, Holder and the rest of the traitorous cabinet that make up the Administration that is deliberately destroying our country.

  5. Martha Trowbridge   Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Outstanding report! The nefarious ‘loose ends’ tie together into their rightful evil knot. Is it any wonder they had to LIE about who they are, and what they were up to? Odious, odious people.

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