I hate to bust your balloon, but Saul Alinsky, mentor to Hillary and Barack, hated the United States of America and all it represented.
Here’s the deal, and it applies to junk science issues like pushing an enviro agenda and to hell with liberty or limited government or even good sense.
Primer on Saul Alinsky and community agitation
John Dale Dunn That’s john 1282 for you friends of JunkScience.com
Saul Alinsky, 1909-1972, Chicago, died in California in Carmel.
If one wants to understand Obama, then one must study his model. Incidentally Hillary Clinton studied under Alinsky, who was still alive, during her college days in the 60s. She wrote her sealed senior thesis at Wellesley on Alinsky and was offered a job with his Industrial Areas Foundation but chose to go to Yale Law and work that angle.
Alinsky was a Russian born Jew, and like so many Jews, was enthralled with the ideology of the left. It was said at one time the Communist Party in Europe would not have survived without Jewish leadership and energy. Alinsky became a communist community organizer of the “Back of the Yards” Neighborhood Organization in the 30s, working closely with the Mob and the Unions to organize the poor who worked the slaughterhouses and the blue collar jobs of that neighborhood.
He formed later the Industrial Areas Foundation, which became the parent organization of all his educational and political activities, which spread to the whole United States and beyond. He was a leftist icon and celebrity. The Industrial Areas Foundation was the Alinsky project that continues till today and became the model for ACORN and other leftist community agitation organizations. It is the Alinsky methods and the Alinsky organization that B. Obama and M. Obama were was associated with before and after law school. M. Obama worked for a law firm that did work for the Alinsky organizations, B. Obama was an organizer and agitator, and lectured a post modernist, “crit” theory (Marxist), Constitutional Law seminar at University of Chicago, but never really practiced law. He practiced leftist politics and community agitation politics until he went into formal politics, running for a vacant Illinois Senate seat, vacated by a Marxist black grievance politician, . Here’s a guy who was Editor of the Harvard Law Review who never wrote a signed legal scholarly article. That is inconceivable in academic legal circles. Writing a legal scholarly article is pretty simple stuff.
Alinsky was essentially an anti-capitalist socialist agitator. He believed that the political strategies of the left were too passive and a more aggressive confrontational strategy was necessary for success. Attack, attack, was his theme, agitation and civil actions were the means of creating effective alliances of angry and grievance driven movements in the lower class and intimidating the establishment targets that could energize his mob and might also be the source of some concessions and free cheese.
Alinsky believed that democratic means were very agreeable to his form of community activism, because he was a man of the mob and pure democracy is a mob activity, usually very susceptible to the demagogue and charlatan. Alinsky loved the dynamic of creating a political force from people with a grudge and beating on institutions. He had the Marxist hatred of anything that improved the status of the common man without the corresponding shift of power to an oligarchy of ideologues. He was a doctrinaire socialist and communist and had no taste for deviance in dogma, but was always flexible in his tactics, reminding his followers and acolytes that acquiring power was the objective and tactics should be focused on the practical and the effective.
Alinsky wrote the book Rules for Radicals: a Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals, Published by mainstream publisher Random House in 1971, to educate the reader on the principles and tactics of leftist anti establishment activities and civil disobedience or community agitation and activism. He dedicated the book to Lucifer, whom he admired because he risked it all against the establishment and at least got a kingdom for his efforts. Alinsky always thought that the ends justified the means and the ends worth striving for were power and control of the political process. He didn’t seem, in his writing, to be much concerned about the worth, or welfare of individuals. He was a predictable leftist ideologue as evidenced by his language above.
Alinsky was about power and control strategies, which is why his enemies must study his tactics for success.
“The community organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people, fan the latent hostilities to the point of overt expression.”
Radicals “have contemptuously rejected the values and way of life of the middle class. They have stigmatized it as materialistic, decadent, bourgeois, degenerate, imperialistic, war-mongering, brutalized and corrupt. . . they are right”
“Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution.”
When writing about street drama and actions, he describes, on page125, tactics to beat the man—the institutions and the people that represent the hated establishment and culture. He speaks of the societal institutions and establishment persons as the enemy.
1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
2. Never go outside the experience of your people.
3. Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. (cause confusion, fear, retreat)
4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.
6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the time and space for your purpose.
9. The threat is usually more terrifying that 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 enough it will break through into its counter side. ( I don’t understand this one very well.)
12. The price of the successful attack is a constructive alternative. (don’t get trapped by an admission or an offer of agreement, stay on the attack.)
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. (attack persons and freeze them so they can’t blame someone else or make an effective excuse. Allow no middle ground, black and white, evil and good.)