Saturday, July 8, 2017

- Supporting Tucker Carlson

By the title I don't mean emotional support, which all readers of this post certainly already do. What I mean is that I wish to offer a brief note supporting (which is to say adding detail to) his content.

On Friday Tucker had a Black Civil Rights activist on whose name escapes me for lack of his broader media attention. Since his position was that things have gotten worse for black America because of something other than racism, it's no wonder the media ignores him. What he attributed the decline of black America to was the Cloward-Piven strategy of the American left. Tucker didn't explain it, so I thought I would.

He made the shocking claim that in the 30's and 40's, blacks married at a rate higher than whites. This is true. What he didn't mention is that the unemployment rate blacks was falling faster than whites, and the per household income was rising faster than for whites through the post war era and well into the 50's. The data on this is widely available. Just look it up. The aspirations of the most productive and ambitious blacks were beginning to bear serious fruit.

Then came the 60's and Cloward-Piven, who were at the time, two Social Work professors from Columbia. They advocated a series of policies designed to shatter black families and weaken the structure of black society in an effort to create a crisis moment of social violence, which would then usher in what they saw as the inevitable Marxist revolution. Make things bad enough in America so that American politicians would have no choice.

They certainly got the first half of their plan, and black American culture is not only considerably worse off on a relative basis today than they were in 1959, but thanks to baseless movement like BLM, accelerating their overall downward trajectory. Some would argue that the crisis moment they longed for is almost upon us. Whether they get the second half of their plan remains to be seen.

Taken from the pages of history however, you can get a chance to see some of the great minds of the 20th century take apart the core underpinnings of the Cloward-Piven strategy, right in the face of Frances Fox Piven. It's one of my favorite all time TV moments, and comes from the debate portion of Milton Friedman's 'Free To choose' where a very young and Superfly looking Tom Sowell treats the condescending and resentful Ms. Piven with the kind of disgust that all of us should.

(If you're younger than 35, you should definitely watch the whole 'Free To Choose' series. If the recent graduates I've hired over the last few years are any indication, you'll learn more about Economics in that single program than you will with a BA from most American Universities today.)

Unfortunately, the Democrat Party saw black resentment as a useful tool to gain power, and were more than happy to destabilize America by fostering resentment in a large Minority of it's citizens. But here is what one Black American had to say about the plan, before it was put fully into effect. I give you the eminent Dr. Thomas Sowell:

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