Saul Alinsky’s infamous book “Rules for Radicals” has come to prominence as the method utilized by Barack Obama and the Left. Obama – a Chicago community organizer, not only based his methodolgy on Alinksky but taught the method to others as well. In reading the following tactics that are recommended by Alinsky, I ask you to think of Sarah Palin and the systematic disruption/destruction that has been used by the left in their attacks against her and her family. I felt a bit ill as I read this, thinking about the Palin family but most importantly, we must realize that ANYONE in their way will be treated the same. SO, forewarned, forearmed – Know Your Enemy and we can thank Saul’s ego for putting it in a book. By contrast, I think about the 912 projects, the Tea Parties and the smiling faces and the pride in being American that I encounter everyday in our own grassroots movement. Without integrity, what do we have even if we win? So take notes, and we will Know them and be able to disarm them in the future.
From the website: http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/communism/alinsky.htm – Please check it out further – there is a link to the right under Know the Opposition.
“Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them. … Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.” p.126
Always remember the first rule of power tactics (pps.127-134):
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.’…
“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)
“…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…’