The Liberal Activist's Bible!

Saul Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals

Here is the complete list from Alinsky. (Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on these communist principles. President Jimmy Carter actually handed out copies of this to people in his administration)

* 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.)

Thought Control: The Implementation of the First Seven Secret Tactics

Saul Alinsky - Thought ControlOne excellent Model of Thought Control is that which Saul Alinsky espoused.

In 1968, Saul Alinsky offered Hillary Clinton a job.

In 1985, 13 years after Alinsky died, the same organization offered Barack Obama a job. This specific job was to organize Chicago's south side Blacks and apply the Alinsky Philosophy with the group he would attempt to help.

Years later, Obama told the press that the Alinsky experience was the best education he ever had. Unlike Obama, Clinton declined Alinsky's offer. However, her great respect for Alinsky was manifest in her once sealed Bachelor's Thesis from Wellesley. The subject? The Alinsky Model.

Obama worked three years for Alinsky's organization, organizing small groups of impoverished people in Roseland.

Obama also taught the Alinsky Method. This does not mean that the future President would retain the entire philosophy and strategic approach, but as a teacher of the method, an expert in the Thought Control Model, it gives cause for close analysis.

Hillary Clinton Wellesley Paper on Saul AlinskyThe influence of Alinsky on both of these leaders was dramatic. Clinton would later go on to raise money for Alinsky's organization and along with her husband's administration, all wanted her thesis sealed. (It is now available through careful searches on the Internet.)


The Method had Some Positive Effects

The work that Alinsky did was helpful for the impoverished communities within which he worked. Obama's use of the Model during his time with the organization was put to good use.

The Alinsky Method, in part, required one on one connection with people, creating group cohesion from the neuron to neuron level...if you will... Alinsky's desire was to discover what made people tick. "Do you think we should do this?" "What role would you like to play?" (We'll return to those excellent elicitations later in the article.)

Obama and Hillary Clinton, Alinsky Disciples
Here we are discussing three people, Alinsky, Clinton and Obama, who clearly wanted to cause life to be better for groups that were impoverished.

And Alinsky's work, on whole, was a net positive for communities he worked with.

So why do the conservatives dislike any of the three aforementioned individuals? And what are they seeing that might be right or wrong that could possibly pose as a threat?

And, curiously, why did both Clinton and Obama consistently refuse to discuss publicly Alinsky and his Method?

It is...curious.