Rules for radicals


Update: We’ve noticed that a large number of readers have found this post looking for a download of Rules for Radicals.

To my knowledge, there isn’t a free version on the net. I have, however found Alinsky’s last interview, given in 1972 to Playboy magazine. It is a great read, and an eye-opener… Here is the pdf (takes a moment to load) alinsky_1972_interview1

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alinsky.jpgWho is this man, and what does he have to do with modern leftist political tactics?

His name was Saul Alinsky, the mentor of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the consigliere emeritus of modern liberalism. His 1971 book, Rules for Radicals, reads like the political playbook of the Soros-Clinton machine, as well as allied groups such as Moveon.org, CREW, ACORN,and others.

Alinsky was also the subject of the previously suppressed 1969 Wellesley Thesis by one Hillary Rodham.

Please feel free to download the pdf. As the election season moves into full swing, it becomes more important than ever to gain insight into our political opponents.

The thesis is long and tedious. I’ve never read a thesis that wasn’t. But, it should also be revealing.

I expect it provides a window into the mind modern democrat party and the lengths to which they will go to achieve power. And, that makes it an important read. I plan on posting some comments after I’ve read it in detail.

So, who was Saul Alinsky? Here is an interesting snapshot of his leftist holy book (h/t Slyfox):

saulalinskyrfr.jpgRules for Radicals provides the organizer with a tactical style for community organization that assumes an adversarial relationship between groups of people in which one either dominates or is dominated.

“The first rule of power tactics is: power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”

“Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.”

“Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this. They can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

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.”

“The threat is generally more terrifying than the thing itself.”

“In a fight almost anything goes. It almost reaches the point where you stop to apologize if a chance blow lands above the belt.”

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

One of the criteria for picking the target is the target’s vulnerability … the other important point in the choosing of a target is that it must be a personification, not something general and abstract.”

“The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”

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11 Responses

  1. Alinsky was one of the typical early 20th century advocates of Communism. John Reed (buried in the Kremlin) and Emma Goldman (Red Emma) were cut from the same cloth. Young suburban Hillary…like a young Kim Philby or Donald Maclean found the struggle captivating. Alinsky tried to organize in Woodlawn. In Chicago Woodlawn is a wasteland. Didn’t used to be when Alinsky was organizing…..apparently all his efforts panned out

  2. I would agree.
    I haven’t had the time to comb through his protege’s thesis. Maybe this weekend. I want to be able to spend a couple of hours on it. It wasn’t supressed for all these years for no reason.
    A review that I read over at msnbc.com gave her a complete pass (big surprise there.)

  3. Wasn’t suppressed…. you just had to have heard of Saul Alinsky

  4. Hillary’s thesis was suppressed by wellesley

  5. Perhaps it was so appallingly bad that they didn’t want anybody to know that that was what passed for scholarship at an elite school.

  6. she got an “A” on it.

  7. Exactly. Could be that it is mind-numbingly stupid that they were ashamed to have anybody peruse the pages.

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  9. Thanks so much for the nod in my direction Nuke. :D

    Much obliged.

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  11. Thank you for hosting the PDF version. I have not read it yet but appreciate your effort in providing this public service.

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