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Saul Alinsky downtownYesterday’s post examined the life of Saul Alinsky (1909 – 1972), author of Rules for Radicals and creator of the community organiser as supported by the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

His type of manipulation has also been infiltrating the Protestant denominations through the Communist Party for the past century.  It’s worth spending a few moments getting acquainted with how he thought, largely representative of Communist thinking.

Today’s post will give you some quotable quotes, some of which are from Rules for Radicals, to show you how Alinsky and progressives to the present day think (emphasis mine):

  • ‘The Revolutionary force today.. are reminiscent of the idealistic early Christians, yet they also urge violence and cry, ‘Burn the system down!’ They have no illusions about the system, but plenty of illusions about the way to change our world. It is to this point that I have written this book.’ (Alinsky 1972: xiii)
  • ‘Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.’  The combination of mythology and history — think of Obama’s narrative, very postmodern. He subtly compared himself to President Lincoln up until the inauguration. He successfully bamboozled millions with this tactic.
  • ‘The human spirit glows from that small inner light of doubt whether we are right, while those who believe with certainty that they possess the right are dark inside and darken the world outside with cruelty, pain, and injustice.’
  • ‘They [blue collar workers] will continue to be relatively passive and slightly challenging. If we fail to communicate with them, if we don’t encourage them to form alliances with us, they will move to the right. Maybe they will anyway, but let’s not let it happen by default.’ (Alinsky 1972: xx).
  • ‘Spouting quotes from Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara, which are as germane to our highly technological, computerised, cybernetic, nuclear-powered, mass media society as a stagecoach on a jet runway at Kennedy airport.’ (Alinsky 1972: xxv).
  • ‘There are no rules for revolution any more than there are rules for love or rules for happiness …. there are certain central concepts of action in human politics that operate regardless of the scene or the time.’ (Alinsky 1972: xviii) 
  • ‘Society has good reason to fear the Radical. Every shaking advance of mankind toward equality and justice has come from the Radical. He hits, he hurts, he is dangerous. Conservative interests know that while Liberals are most adept at breaking their own necks with their tongues, Radicals are most adept at breaking the necks of Conservatives.’
  • ‘Means and ends are so qualitatively interrelated that the true question has never been the proverbial one, “Does the End justify the Means?” but always has been “Does this particular end justify this particular means?”‘ (Alinsky 1972: 47)
  • ‘As an organiser I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be – it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in the system.’ (Alinsky 1972: xix)  Think of Obama and the progressive Democrats!
  • ‘Yesterday’s immoral terrorist is today’s moral and dignified statesman of high standing — because he was successful. Yesterday’s moral statesman is sitting in front of a ‘war crimes tribunal’ today — because he lost.’  (Alinsky 1972: 34)   Think of ex-radical, now professor, Bill Ayers!
  • ‘Last guys don’t finish nice.’

Subtle techniques, you’ve got to admit.  Alinsky was very shrewd and very clever. 

For more information, click here (Seal, Mike (2008) Saul Alinsky, community organizing and rules for radicals, the encyclopaedia of informal education) and here.

Tomorrow: Rules for Radicals

For more articles on postmodernism, click here.

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