Rules for Radicals

March 6, 2012

Here is a summary of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”.Count how many of these are used by the left every day.

The book includes a little dedication at the beginning to Satan (seriously). Here is the dedication: “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”

Now here are the 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. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat…. [and] the collapse of communication.
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.)
4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time….”
8. “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”
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. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.”
11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside… every positive has its negative.”
12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.  In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’…     “…any target can always say, ‘Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?’ When your ‘freeze the target,’ you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments…. Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target…’One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other.” (pps.127-134)

Take special note of rules 5 and 13 and think tea party, Palin, and Beck. Think rule 8 and George W Bush (remember when they attacked him for a bridge collapsing in Minnesota and for a Hurricane in New Orleans, and for the housing crisis etc etc).

And here is the really scary part. Obama is an expert on Alinisky. He was taught Alinsky’s tactics in Chicago by the people who actually knew Alinsky. Then Obama turned around and taught these tactics himself. He was even an expert panelist on a forum on Alinisky (this is a point made in Breitbart’s last column).

The reason that I am posting this is to help us all recognize the tactics when we see them. For example, when a conservative is being mocked, think twice before stepping away embarrassed (doing so would be playing into rule 5 and 13).

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