Skip to comments.Saul Alinsky: The activist who terrifies the right (Vetting Hussein? Link to his 1988 essay)
Posted on 02/08/2012 4:40:29 PM PST by Libloather
Saul Alinsky: The activist who terrifies the right
Newt and other conservatives are obsessed with tying Obama to Saul Alinsky. Here's where their hatred comes from
By Thomas J Sugrue
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 8:00 AM 18:51:25 EST
By his own admission, Obama had a rough time being a community organizer. Sometimes I called a meeting, and nobody showed up, he recalled.
For his part, Alinsky, who died in 1972, never had much patience for elected officials: Change would not come from top-down leadership, but rather from pressure from below. In his view, politicians took the path of least resistance. Among his targets were the Obamas of his day, from alderman to mayors to senators, for as he wrote in his 1971 bestseller, Rules for Radicals: No politician can sit on a hot issue if you make it hot enough. Its easy to imagine Alinsky as an advocate for change we can believe in, directing the unemployed and the victims of mortgage foreclosures to put pressure on the erstwhile community organizer now in the White House.
Whatever his influence on Obama, Alinsky had a complicated relationship to the political left. In the 1930s, Alinsky had little patience for the bona fide socialists and card-carrying Communists who were prominent advocates of labor and civil rights. He repudiated Marxism then. By the 1960s his moment of greatest influence Alinsky was even harsher in his criticism of the New Left. He viewed activists in Students for a Democratic Society as naive and impractical and denounced the tactics of their erstwhile comrades on the militant fringe, like the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground as doomed to failure for their violent tactics and unwillingness to compromise. Alinsky loathed dogmatism of all varieties.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.salon.com ...
Problems and promise in the inner city - by Barack Obama
"Second, there has been a resurgence in attempts to foster economic development in the black community, whether through local entrepreneurial efforts, increased hiring of black contractors and corporate managers, or Buy Black campaigns."
As far as I can determine, Bill Ayres never “repudiated” ANYTHING.
Saul Alinsky? The one who wrote “Rules For Spoiled Brats”?
Saul Alinsky? The one who wrote “Rules For Spoiled Brats”?
HAVE YOU USED A RULE fOR RADICALS TODAY?
Posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 1:37:08 PM by RED SOUTH
Here it is, the liberals guide for political warfare as developed by Saul Alinsky. Read them , learn them and apply them daily. Beat the socialist with their own game!
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.)
“Terrified”? Hardly. Alinsky was a laughable moron.
I guess they should have been more deceptive such as the time Saul Alinsky suggested to students protesting Nixon's Defense Secretary, Melvin Laird, that they dress up in ku klux klan robes and jump up and down, cheering then Defense Secretary Laird
The author ridicules people who are worried about Saul Alinsky. Now why should people be worried about faithful practioners of a man who makes a book dedication such as this?
"Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom Lucifer"
The above is the dedication of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. The bible in dirty tactics for today's lib/commies
Just paranoia about a...great man by rightwingers, eh?
Try taking an opposing position to that of environmental zealots at a local climate change meeting and you will see just how fast they use this tactic against you!
Calling people out, by using the Alinsky Rule number and quote it. You don’t even have to argue your position. Just number quote and walk away....Their heads will explode.
Saul Alinsky’s credo was the same as Joseph Stalin’s: Lie like a motherf***er and never admit anything. Take down the opposition by any means necessary, the opposition IS expendable.
Love how the Leftist media Alinskyites try to marginalize his impact on their approach.
“Turd in a punch bowl? What turd in a punch bowl? I can’t see it. BTW Republitards are racists!”
BO/liberals use it often.
Newt has let them know he's on to their techniques by bringing Alinsky’s name to the public’s attention. CNN, FAUX have done minimal reporting on who he was sort of Wikipedic. They have not gone into details on his teachings at least publicly......It would expose them as being complacent.
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