Rules For Radicals

Many of us know about the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. It occurred in 1929 during the Prohibition era. This is where Al Capone’s Chicago mob murdered seven members of Bugs Moran’s Irish gang.

What many do not know, is that accompanying Al Capone’s hitman Frank Nitti as he terrorized neighborhoods was Obama & Hillary’s hero, the young Saul Alinsky, who later adapted this technique into the political tactic of community organizing.

In Rules for Radicals (1971) Alinsky wrote:

“The organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community . . . stir up dissatisfaction and discontent . . . search out controversy and issues . . . fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression . . . For unless there is controversy, the people are not motivated enough to act.”

It is interesting to know that in this book, Alinsky characterizes Lucifer as the “first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment.” Now, in his review of Rules for RadicalsDavid Emery from Snopes’, does not feel that Alinsky’s comment is an endorsement. Really? It sure sounds like a ringing endorsement to just about everyone else.

Here is a brief summation of his rules:

  1. “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”
  2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”
  3. “Whenever possible go outside the expertise of the enemy.”
  4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
  5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
  6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
  7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”
  8. “Keep the pressure on.”
  9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
  10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.”
  11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside”
  12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
  13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

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