Skip to comments.Alinsky's Rules for Radicals [A Modest Proposal of Revenge]
Posted on 10/16/2008 12:54:28 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan
Conservatives are, IMHO, soon to be in the decided and percecuted minority. It is accordingly time to utilize methods from the Radical Left playbook "Rules for Radicals" to further our agenda.
My suggested targets are: Harry Reid (vulnerable), the owners of Google (soft and naive), and the president of Time Warner (useful).
Here are the Rules:
RULE 1: "Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have." Power is derived from 2 main sources - money and people. "Have-Nots" must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)
RULE 2: "Never go outside the expertise of your people." It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don't address the "real" issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)
RULE 3: "Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy." Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)
RULE 4: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules." If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity's very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
RULE 5: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." There is no defense. It's irrational. It's infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)
RULE 6: "A good tactic is one your people enjoy." They'll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They're doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid "un-fun" activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)
RULE 7: "A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag." Don't become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)
RULE 8: "Keep the pressure on. Never let up." Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)
RULE 9: "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself." Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists' minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)
RULE 10: "If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive." Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management's wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)
RULE 11: "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative." Never let the enemy score points because you're caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)
RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
I believe that good prevails over evil and the truth wins in the end.
So do I.
But I recall even reading Arch Angel Michael and his army having to wield a sword in the very halls of Heaven to rid it of evil.
Time for war. And all is fair, in war.
Alinsky’s stuff is getting outdated. There are plenty of countertactics to counter their tactics. You can use their tactics against them if you know what you’re doing.
Reagan never needed “rules” like that.
Lying, cheating, and stealing are not really necessary. How about:
1 Dump truckloads of time magazine and newsweak in front of Time to protest biased coverage. Give a list of demands.
2. Pester the board at their homes and places of business.
3. Pick one really foul reporter and harass him/her constantly.
That’s great. I’m not talking about Reagan, or the RNC.
I am talking grass-roots revenge.
Bring it to the liberal establisment.
They are in power; therefore these tactics work.
Will the Republican politicians please WAKE UP! Sheesh.
Stupid wife blew it.
I am looking for recruits.
We do this already on a disorganized level -— “Freeps” -— we did it TO GREAT EFFECT DURING the “RECOUNT” IN FLORIDA.
I tend to think a “radical uniform” of kaki pants, white shirt, red tie, and blue blazer would be funny as hell.
I can’t even send a FReep mail with what’s swimming in my gray matter.
: Isn't that what the Texan is saying here?
I always use their OWN rules against THEM. Tolerance for right wing special interest groups in the name of "fairness" and "equal opportunity.". Birth and ultrasound organizations next to an abortion clinic to offer REAL "choice" etc.
It's easy to use their own rules against them. How can they argue against themselves?
Not exactly. I don’t use Alinsky tactics so much as I have found their weaknesses and know how to counter them with different ones.
I know, and she reminded me of the book I had to read at MIT for some stupid poly sci class.
Time to put it to work.
We can make their lives miserable, probably at the taxpayer’s expense.
Our name shall be “Wolverines”
c.a.p. pretty much has nailed the root principle here. the main problem is leftists are projectionists - they are always trying to point the finger at you, keep the spotlight on you, etc., and that is their Achilles heel.
Point the finger at them and their whole house of cards falls down. The best way to do this is to hold them to their own rules and point out their hypocrisy. You use their own momentum against themselves.
Judo is the best tactic against Alinsky.