It's May Day, a day of celebration for communists and community organizers alike.
On that note, although the bloodthirsty Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky was long dead before community organizing picked up steam in the United States in the 1960s, he served as an inspiration to Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. Trotsky, who was assassinated in 1940, was instrumental in the Bolshevik Revolution and founded the Red Army.
Cloward and Piven were, like Trotsky, what Joseph Stalin referred to as "ultra-leftists." Stalin, himself a homicidal monster, considered ultra-leftists to be dangerous and uncontrollable because they were content to set the whole world on fire in order to bring all nations under Communist domination. Stalin called such people "Trotskyite wreckers." Trotskyite is a pejorative term unlike the more neutral Trotskyist.
Cloward and Piven belonged to the Democratic Socialists of America, a Marxist group founded by Trotskyist Michael Harrington. Scholars credit Harrington with inspiring the destructive War on Poverty launched by President Lyndon Johnson in the mid 1960s.
Cloward and Piven named their influential 1966 blueprint for radically transforming America, "The Weight of the Poor." It's a phrase coined by Trotsky.
All of the above doesn't conclusively prove Cloward and Piven were Trotskyists, but there is a lot more evidence of the connection.
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