d. While the Cloward/Piven Strategy may appear as another method employed by the radical Left to create and manage crisis, the reality is that the system needs no such help as it generates crisis owing to structural conditions. That is, as corporate capitalism has been gaining strength in the past three decades, the fiscal structure weakens against the background of globalization that entails corporations take out trillions to invest abroad.
Let us not forget that Cloward and Piven came up with their 'strategy' more than half a century ago, and only recently has it become somewhat trendy largely because Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich, and the Tea Party elements interested in using it to argue that there is a 'leftist' conspiracy theory, and by 'leftist' they also mean the Democratic party and President Obama.
Given the very real and serious budget problems that the US is currently facing, it is easy for charlatans and right-wing populists to invoke conspiracy theories and make naive comparisons between family budget and federal budget. "Demagoguing" the US federal budget is cheap and politically opportunistic. The difficulty is suggesting tough cuts that would best serve the majority of the American people.