These rules let the radicals rule the nation


Author and left-wing activist Saul D. Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” was published in 1971 and quickly became the equivalent of Mao Zedong’s “Little Red Book,” which millions of young Chinese “revolutionaries” held in their hands as they attacked, berated, teachers, professors, doctors, bureaucrats, managers and others whose revolutionary credentials were deemed insufficient during the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” of the late 1960s and early 1960s 1970 (1966 to 1976, until Mao’s death).

During this turbulent time, hospitals, schools, and other institutions were staffed with students who served as doctors, teachers, and managers. Major government agencies were run by people with little or no experience in the field or activity they oversaw (can you say “Pete Buttigieg”?), but who were deemed revolutionary pure.

Chicago-based Mr. Alinsky (b. 1909 – d. 1972) captioned his little tome (195 pages in my softcover edition) “A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals,” and some of his most Famous people include former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, former first lady and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate. Mrs. Clinton was so enamored with Mr. Alinsky and his book that she dedicated her dissertation to him at Wellesley.

Mr. Alinsky, America’s first “community organizer”, dedicated his book to the devil.

“Let us not forget,” he writes, “at least a recognition over the shoulder of the very first radical: of all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where the mythology ends and where the story begins – or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did so so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.

Mr. Alinsky was smart enough to sense that would-be revolutionaries in the United States shouting “Off The Pig”, “Down with America” ​​and other slogans would repel working-class Americans and lead them to turn to the law. Richard Nixon’s two elections in 1968 and 1972 proved his claim.

Mr. Alinsky indicated that they rather work within the system. Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton took his advice, like so many others now wielding power in the Biden administration.

Mr. Alinsky’s goal is described as follows: “(The mass of our people) must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so hopeless in the prevailing system that they are ready to let go of the past and change the future…”

Over the years, I’ve spoken to a number of people who wonder why Republicans and Democrats can’t get along, why they can’t just compromise and move on.

“For the organizer,” writes Mr. Alinsky, “compromise is a key and beautiful word…It’s about closing the deal, getting that vital break, usually victory. If you start with nothing, demand 100%, then compromise for 30%, you’re 30% ahead.

This is why the word “compromise” is a dirty word for so many people. By “compromising” with the left, the left wins. The compromise brought us to a national debt of $30 trillion, among a plethora of other unfavorable outcomes.

Compromise is what has torn this country apart. By standing on sound principles, conservatives can begin to piece it together.

The Crazy Things U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says; the mindless chatter of a Maxine Waters, Senator Elizabeth (“I’ll get myself a beer”) Warren; the hypocritical “sincerity” of Sen. Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden, et al, is an integral part of the tactics Mr. Alinsky recommends.

Here are his rules for radicals:

  1. Power is not just what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.
  2. Never go out of your people’s experience.
  3. Whenever possible, get out of the enemy’s experience.
  4. Make the enemy follow their own rulebook.
  5. Ridicule is man’s most powerful weapon. (This infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.)
  6. A good tactic is one your people like (burning down courthouses, chapels, police stations, cars).
  7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drug.
  8. Keep the pressure on (use all events in the period [pandemic, voter fraud, etc.] for your needs).
  9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

10) Develop operations that will maintain constant pressure on the opposition.

11) If you push a negative hard enough and deep enough, it will pierce its counter side.

12) The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

13) Choose the target. Freeze it, customize it and polarize it.

This last rule sums up Alinsky’s entire agenda. Choosing the target means choosing a person – not a building, institution, or inanimate object – on which to heap contempt.

With the help of a negative deluge of stories from social media, the mainstream press and the Democratic Party, they have frozen, personalized and polarized opinion towards President Donald Trump, and by judiciously agitating the process of vote in their favour, the Democrats – all Alinskyites – succeeded in the election of their candidate.

We can win by remembering that Mr. Alinsky and his cronies at all levels of government understand that by compromising — especially on principle — they win. This means no compromise, no giving up, no “crossing the aisle” unless absolutely necessary to ensure national survival.

The opposition knows it, and we need to know it too.

James Buckley is a longtime resident of Montecito. He welcomes questions or comments to [email protected].

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