Why Saul Alinsky is STILL Relevant Today

The dedication inside “Rules for Radicals”

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history… 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.

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Proof That Obama is Linked to Radical Alinsky

Written on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by

Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals are so deeply ingrained in the Democrat Party that it’s difficult to tell where Alinsky begins and people like Barack Obama end.  They are, basically, one and the same.

To prove this point, Saul Alinsky’s son L. David Alinsky wrote a letter for the Obama campaign in 2008.

“Obama learned his lesson well,” L. David Alinsky wrote.  “I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday.”

Barack Obama began his Alinsky worship very early in his career.  According to a study on Alinsky, “in 1985 Obama began a four-year stint as a community organizer in Chicago, working for an Alinskyite group called the Developing Communities Project.”

Obama spent his entire youth taking classes and later teaching workshops on Alinsky’s methods.  He worked hard to follow Alinsky’s rule of “blending in”.

“True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism,” Alinsky writes. The trick is to penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions and political parties.

Apparently Barack hadn’t quite mastered the ‘blending in’ part when he was trying to build coalitions of black churches in Chicago—aka “penetrate the church from within”.  It was learned that Obama himself didn’t attend church—so he became an instant churchgoer.

Obama also helped fund the The Woods Fund, a nonprofit community-organizing group on which Obama served as paid director from 1999 to December 2002.  On the board with Obama at the Woods Fund was William Ayers, the founder and terrorist of the Weather Underground.  The Woods Fund provided funding for yet another community organizing group, Midwest Academy

Midwest describes itself as ‘one of the nation’s oldest and best-known schools for community organizations, citizen organizations and individuals committed to progressive social change.’  Like the Woods Fund, the Midwest Academy teaches Alinsky tactics of community organizing.

In a July 2008 speech, then-Senator Obama was nearly 17 minutes into his speech in Colorado Springs, Colorado when he deviated from his pre-released teleprompter script and launched into a community organizing lecture:

We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.

What the heck did he mean by that?  The fact that Obama recently signed an executive order giving himself power in case of “peacetime martial law” is more than a little troubling, being that one of Alinsky’s rules is to cause civil disobedience.  But I digress…

So folks, it’s not like they’re trying to hide their agenda–they’ve given us their entire game plan and it’s all within the pages of Alinsky’s book.

In my opinion, each of us should continuously study Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and remain on our toes in recognizing Alinsky-like strategies when we see them.  And since I really don’t want you to have to spend your hard-earned money on a Saul Alinsky book, following are some of the key Community Organizing tactics you need to be aware of (since the democrats are using these in full-force as we speak):

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 you ‘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)

To summarize, here are my own basic rules for dealing with Alinsky-like tactics.

Conservative Rule #1: Remember always that Progressives DO NOT PLAY BY ANY “RULES” WE GREW UP WITH! 

They believe this is a war to end capitalism and Republicanism and every ‘ism’ we believe in–so fighting fair doesn’t apply to them.  They will lie, cheat and/or steal to get their message across.  Alinsky himself wrote, “Some of these tactics are ruthless but they work” and according to a Rules for Radicals website, Alinsky’s second chapter, called Of Means and Ends, “craftily poses many difficult moral dilemmas, and his ‘tenth rule of the ethics of means and ends’ is: ‘you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral arguments.’  He doesn’t ignore traditional moral standards or dismiss them as unnecessary. He is much more devious; he teaches his followers that ‘Moral rationalization is indispensable at all times of action whether to justify the selection or the use of ends or means.’…”

Conservative Rule #2:  Keep an eye out for Alinsky stereotypes (like Bill Maher, Barack Obama etc.). 

The qualities Alinsky looked for in a good organizer were:

Ego (“reaching for the highest level for which man can reach — to create, to be a ‘great creator,’ to play God”),

Curiosity (raising “questions that agitate, that break through the accepted pattern”),

Irreverence (“nothing is sacred”; the organizer “detests dogma, defies any finite definition of morality”),

Imagination (“the fuel for the force that keeps an organizer organizing”),

A sense of humor (“the most potent weapons known to mankind are satire and ridicule“), and an organized personality with confidence in presenting the right reason for his actions only “as a moral rationalization after the right end has been achieved.’… 

Conservative Rule #3:  Watch Alinsky-driven RED FLAGS in the Mainstream Media

One of the biggest Alinsky moves currently in the media today is the Trayvon Martin story (or rather non-story).  The Left/Media is working overtime to stir up racism and feelings of White Guilt. Rules for Radicals explains this tactic:

‘The organizer’s first job is to create the issues or problems,’ and ‘organizations must be based on many issues.’ The organizer ‘must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act. . . . An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.’

So stay on your toes.  If you notice any type of ‘human interest story’ that is getting an unreasonable amount of attention on TV, go to the Internet and check out the headline in Breitbart.com or the Drudge Report.  Find out what’s REALLY happening in the world—and not the made-up world the Left wants you to think is real.


From the American Thinker:

Barack Obama and Alinsky’s Rules for Psychopaths

From the Daily Caller:

The curse of Saul Alinsky


23 thoughts on “Why Saul Alinsky is STILL Relevant Today

  1. The attacks trying to link the TEA Party to the Colorado shooting and those on Chick-fil-A are both examples of Alinsky-based attacks on political opponents. They are intended to force the acceptance of only one side’s agenda by destroying the other side. There is no “tolerance” or “diversity” in what is happening here: it is all about creating an issue for the purpose of building political power which is then wielded for the sole purpose of furthering an agenda. Alinsky, himself, said this is all that matters, and that there should be no concern for morality: the ends justify the means. That is why these people do not care that they are trampling the individual rights and liberties of innocent people in the name of “freedom.”

    Alinsky knew what he was doing when he dedicated his book to the devil.

  2. “Extensive research has failed to uncover even a single reference by Obama to Alinsky. … Alinsky was an aggressively anti-communist, anti-big government, populist with a healthy contempt for liberals. He seemingly would be more at home in the Tea Party than the Democratic Party. Jacques Maritain, Pope Paul VI’s mentor and prominent drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights called Alinsky “one of the few really great men of our century.”

    That quote comes from Ralph Benko, a member of the Tea Party Patriots and advisor to the American Principles Project who is also a former member of the Reagan administration who writes for Forbes and the Daily Caller (which most people consider to be a conservative media, but which I suppose you’ll now consider to be Communist rags). He also points out, as other rational folks have, “Rules for Radicals, popular lore aside, is not dedicated to Lucifer, but to ‘Irene’— Saul’s wife and soulmate. Alinsky considered the highest good to be human dignity.”

    But even though the truth has been pointed out to you and you could check it with some other research, I’m sure you’ll keep lying about this, too. Right, Joe? http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2012/01/16/dear-president-obama-youre-no-saul-alinsky/

    • I quote Alinsky, not what other people say he said. 😉

      For instance, on pg 10, Rules for Radicals, Alinsky is talking to the radical who wants an open society. Hardly a “right wing” agenda – but clearly pegged to that of the far left.

    • @ James, I was all amp’d up to wrestle with you over your forbes sourcing, but then I read this little nugget of a gem contained in it … “One of Alinsky’s organizers was the great Fred Ross, Sr. Ross, who trained Ganz, had written an iconic training manual. This was the blueprint for Camp Obama’s manual.”

      So I owe you an apology, and a thanks.

      I’m sorry James, and thank you for a corroborative source. 🙂

      • You’re welcome, I guess. Of course you then read on to see that Obama has little in common with Ganz (even if the “blueprint” comment wasn’t an exaggeration), a guy with whom he apparently had three conversations in his lifetime. And I’m sure you made special note of the line, “Alinsky resembles Thomas Paine and was an inveterate enemy of Leninists.”

        And of course I’m sure you read via the other link, “The famous community organizer was no statist. Indeed, his book anticipated the Tea Party movement by 30 years.”

        And: “What makes Alinsky a radical–and someone who lived in liberty–is his embrace of the precepts of the American Revolution. Alinsky’s central conviction is a belief “that if people have the power to act, in the long run they will, most of the time, reach the right decisions.” His credo: “Believing in people, the radical has the job of organizing them so that they will have the power and opportunity to best meet each unforeseeable future crisis as they move ahead in their eternal search for those values of equality, justice, freedom, peace, a deep concern for the preciousness of human life, and all those rights and values propounded by Judeo-Christianity and the democratic political tradition.”

        And: “Because of Alinsky’s support of causes associated with the Left, the biggest surprise of the book is his central belief in the primacy of the individual.”

        And: “If he were alive today, it is reasonable to imagine that Alinsky would embrace the Tea Party movement as the awakening of the middle class. Based on his credo, and his belief that denying individuals a significant part in the action steals their dignity, I can also imagine that he would support the call for more limited government and the repeal of ObamaCare.”

        And yet you seem to care not at all about Joe’s lies and misrepresentations, preferring to, in your words, “amp’d up to wrestle with you over your forbes sourcing.” Too bad.

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