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Rewriting Rules for Radicals


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Is it possible to advocate for your ideas without destroying other people and manipulating the public? I think so, definitely! Here's how I would rewrite Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.

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Rewriting Rules for Radicals

  1. 1. Rewriting Rules For Radicals Alinsky’s book  is  a  teaching  tool  for   manipulating  people.  Flip  the  script.   Be  respectful  of  diverse  views,  and   empower  people  by  uniting  them   around  mutually  beneficial  change. # Bad Better 1. Use  people  to  gain  power. Empower people. 2. Give  people false  security   by  overusing  their  skill  sets. Don’t  condescend.  Get  the  right   people  to carry  out  the  strategy. 3.   Use  political opponents’   weaknesses  against  them. Step  into  others’  shoes,  &  invite   them  into  yours.  Don’t  attack. 4.   Humiliate  opponents  by   highlighting  inconsistencies.   Ask  for  response  to  cases  that   challenge  others’  ideologies. 5.   Use  ridicule  to  shame  the   enemy  into  conceding. Compare the  moral  values   underlying  both  positions. 6.   Appeal  to  people’s  desire  to   do  what  they  enjoy. Appeal  to  people’s  desire  to  do   what  is  right. 7. Keep  reinventing the  same   idea  over  &  over. Adjust  your  ideas  to  match  the   reality  of  the  situation. 8. Hurt  your  opponent.  Knock   them  off  balance. Leverage  the  art  of  surprise,  but   don’t  take  pleasure  in  humiliating.   9. Use  scare  tactics  liberally. Present  a  realistic  picture—don’t  be   emotionally  abusive. 10. Apply nonstop  pressure  to   keep  the  enemy  on  the   defensive. Remain  faithful to  your  core  beliefs   and  encourage  your  followers  to  do   the  same,  even  if  pressured. 11. Provoke  the  enemy  into   hurting  you  in  order  to  gain   public  sympathy. Don’t  play  games. Tell  the  truth   even  when  it  makes  your  side  look   bad. 12. Always  be  ready  with  an   answer  to  the  problems  you   point  out. Always  tell  the  truth. Ask  for  broad   help  in  solving  problems  if  you   don’t  have  a  proposal. 13. Find ways  to  isolate,   marginalize,  and  punish   individuals  who  epitomize   the  ideas  you  dislike. Use conflict  as  an  opportunity  to   demonstrate  respect  for  other   human  beings.  Disavow  bullying   and  those  who  rejoice  others’  pain. By  Dannielle  Blumenthal,  Ph.D.  (2017)  CC0  Creative  Commons  License.