Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals"

Couldn't find the book at the library, but there's plenty about it online. It's Saul D. Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals," the radicals' handbook for taking over the government. It worked, and it would be no small irony if those sames rules were used against them. In any case it certainly wouldn't hurt anyone to bone up on the tactics. Here's a quick and dirty list of Saul Alinsky's rules for radicals found on the net here, here, and here (pdf), as follows:

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.)

found at:

http://sleepless.blogs.com/george/2009/08/alinskys-rules-for-radica...

CAN YOU SEE THEM AT WORK TODAY?

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Just watch the evening news.

You can find the "Cliff Notes" version of Saul Alinsky's far left direct action tactics book, "Rules for Radicals", at this link:  http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/communism/alinsky.htm  And yes, this is Obama's political tactics book.  He uses it all the time.  The campaign themes of appealing to hope and change are right out of this book along with always saying you are working for the "middle class" to fool them to vote for your side in the goal of Alinsky to take from the "haves" to give to the "have nots".  Their tactics book is Rules for Radicals.  Their long term strategy plan is the Cloward-Piven Strategy:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/61004896/The-Cloward-Piven-Strategy-The-W...

CDR Kerchner (Ret)

http://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com

This book is Obama's playbook. Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on it.  Thousands of copies of the book were distributed to many organizations, including unions.   The "Occupiers" are going by the book.   We can use the same tactics.  Forewarned is forearmed.

Dee, You could have borrowed my copy.

 

Repeating this subject is essential.

 

My compliments.

Hillary keeps a copy in her purse.

JEAN MACALLISTER said:

This book is Obama's playbook. Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on it.  Thousands of copies of the book were distributed to many organizations, including unions.   The "Occupiers" are going by the book.   We can use the same tactics.  Forewarned is forearmed.

Here is another short booklet which outlines Obama's use of Alinsky direct action in your face, the end justifies the means, tactics from Rules for Radicals along with the long-term Cloward-Piven Strategy. Breaking the System - Obama's Strategy for Change, by David Horowitz and Liz Blaine:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/65152422/Breaking-The-System-Obama-s-Stra...

All Tea Party folks need to read this books and papers to learn and recognize the tactics and strategy of the far left which Obama and his team uses every single day to further their socialist agenda.

CDR Kerchner (Ret)

http://www.protectourliberty.org

Thanks for all the good links, Charles!

CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret) said:

You can find the "Cliff Notes" version of Saul Alinsky's far left direct action tactics book, "Rules for Radicals", at this link:  http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/communism/alinsky.htm  And yes, this is Obama's political tactics book.  He uses it all the time.  The campaign themes of appealing to hope and change are right out of this book along with always saying you are working for the "middle class" to fool them to vote for your side in the goal of Alinsky to take from the "haves" to give to the "have nots".  Their tactics book is Rules for Radicals.  Their long term strategy plan is the Cloward-Piven Strategy:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/61004896/The-Cloward-Piven-Strategy-The-W...

CDR Kerchner (Ret)

http://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com

Thanks, Gregory! 

H. Gregory Badger said:

Dee, You could have borrowed my copy.

 

Repeating this subject is essential.

 

My compliments.

Exactly, know your adversary and use their tactics against them!

JEAN MACALLISTER said:

This book is Obama's playbook. Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on it.  Thousands of copies of the book were distributed to many organizations, including unions.   The "Occupiers" are going by the book.   We can use the same tactics.  Forewarned is forearmed.

You can buy a used or new copy of Alinsky's Rules for Radicals at Amazon.  Here is a direct link:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679721134/genealogicalrese

CDR Kerchner (Ret)

http://www.protectourliberty.org



National Director, Dee said:

Exactly, know your adversary and use their tactics against them!

JEAN MACALLISTER said:

This book is Obama's playbook. Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on it.  Thousands of copies of the book were distributed to many organizations, including unions.   The "Occupiers" are going by the book.   We can use the same tactics.  Forewarned is forearmed.

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Reply to Jean:

Obama taught classes in using Alinsky's tactics using Rules for Radicals as the text book to ACORN leadership.  It is also said he taught a college course with Rules for Radicals as one of the required reading books.  Obama is acknowledged in the far left as a grandmaster of Alinsky tactics.

CDR Kerchner (Ret)

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Rule 13:  Pick the target, freeze it....that is the Catholic Church.

Bishops, step up to the plate and reclaim our religious freedom.

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