Rules For Radicals Slide Summary For Afp Final


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Rules For Radicals Slide Summary For Afp Final

  2. 2. Why Alinsky?<br />Would you borrow tactics from Adolph Hitler?<br />How did Progressives in America gain power?<br /> --Hillary Clinton! <br /> --Barrack Obama! <br /> --Caesar Chavez! <br /> --The National Education Association!<br />Rules for Radicals can become our manual for defeating the Left.<br />
  3. 3. Saul Alinsky’s Credentials<br />Marxist Utopian Malcontent<br /> Union Trained Bully<br /> Mafia Mascot<br /> Unprincipled Opportunist<br /> Revolutionary Genius!<br />
  4. 4. Alinsky’s A-moral Principles<br />The first principle is to have no principles.<br />The only objective is the “general welfare.”<br />The only illegitimate means is the failure to use whatever means are available.<br />People are motivated only by self-interest. <br />Morality is a cloak to hide self-interest.<br />Truth and justice are always relative and therefore irrelevant. <br />
  5. 5. Organization is Power<br />The sole purpose of organization is power.<br />There is no other source of power in human relations but organization. <br />Organizations achieve power by persuasion, intimidation, law or brute force.<br /> --”If we can’t use the power of persuasion we will use the persuasion of power! –SEIU’s<br /> Andy Stern.<br />
  6. 6. Revolution Not Evolution<br />All societal change comes through revolution.<br />Revolutions must be preceded by a change of social consciousness.<br /> --People must first be made to feel frustrated, defeated, lost and hopeless.<br />With each revolution, the victors become the new oppressors and the cycle must start again.<br />
  7. 7. Dog Eat Dog<br />What is a “controversial issue?” (Line jumpers!) <br />“All life is partisan.”<br />Those who fail to promote their own interest are passively supporting their enemies.<br />You will never get change without conflict.<br />“Change means movement; movement means friction.”<br />
  8. 8. Language Controls Power<br />Who are the true Liberals?<br />Why do we call Fascists “Progressives?”<br />What is “affirmative” about Affirmative Action?<br />Why do we refer to a life style characterized by disease and suicide as “gay?”<br />Was Che really a “freedom fighter?”<br />
  9. 9. War By Other Means<br />Alinsky agreed--Politics is war by other means.<br />Organization is the key to victory.<br />But organization also grows out of victory.<br /> --Organization is both the cause and the effect of power.<br />Major defeats can fracture morale.<br /> --Do we want to die on this hill?<br /> --Will this help to build the organization?<br />
  10. 10. The Program--Quid pro Quo<br />Organizations build around issues.<br />No single organization can take on every issue.<br />No two organizations can agree on every issue.<br />So we must unite for mutual support.<br /> --On the Left, Sierra Club, Code Pink, SEIU, Acorn, Moveon, NAACP etc.<br />The “quid pro quo” (the “Program”) is the essence of community organization.<br />
  11. 11. Tactics and Opportunity<br />Tactics must be adapted to events. <br />Tactics must be based on a realistic evaluation of opportunities.<br />Tactics require imagination.<br /> --Ghandi and passive resistance. <br />The essence of any tactic is the reaction it provokes. (Rosa Parks)<br />
  12. 12. Rule 1 – Power Imagined<br />“Power is not what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”<br /> --Hiroshima -- Bomb or bust?<br />
  13. 13. Rule 2 – Comfort Zone<br />“Never go outside the experience of your people!” (County Commissioners meeting)<br /> --Confusion, fear and collapse.<br />But our experience is growing!<br /> --Remember your first rally?<br /> --The next county commissioners meeting! <br />
  14. 14. Rule 3 -- Unfamiliar Turf<br />“Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy!”<br /> --The Inchon Landing!<br /> --Health care and town halls!<br /> --”Al Gore Lies!”<br />
  15. 15. Rule 4 -- Double Standards<br />“Always make the enemy live up to his own rules!”<br />Absolute power consists in enforcing a double standard. Compare…<br /> --Barney Frank’s home prostitution ring<br /> --Larry Craig’s wandering foot<br />“Progressives have “No enemies on the Left.”<br />Conservatives eat their young.<br />
  16. 16. Rule 5 -- Laughter the Best Medicine<br />“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon!”<br /> --There is no defense against it.<br /> --Ridicule provokes anger.<br /> --Anger provokes mistakes!<br />Bush was portrayed as a dumb cowboy; Cheney as Darth Vader! It worked!<br />
  17. 17. Rule 6 -- If You’re Not Having Fun…<br />“A good tactic is one that your people enjoy!”<br />Before launching an attack you must ask….<br /> --Can we win?<br /> --Can we enjoy the process or is it a chore?<br /> --Will it weary our people so that they <br /> become disheartened?<br /> --Are our tactics growing the organization?<br />
  18. 18. Rule 7 -- Don’t Be A Drag!<br />“A tactic that drags too long is a drag!”<br />To be effective, a tactic must be focused.<br />There must be a clear time line and realistic objective.<br />You must know in advance what you are willing to accept as victory.<br />The Left employs “Incrementalism!” (National Monuments)<br />
  19. 19. Rule 8 -- Pressure!<br />Once a tactic has been selected and a target identified, bring all possible resources to bear!<br />Once engaged, keep the pressure on!<br />“Pressure is most effective when it is focused, relentless, and seems to be unending.”<br />Avoid terminal tactics! Retain the seeds of controversy! Demand the impossible!<br /> (The Jackson-Sharpton shakedown)<br />
  20. 20. Alinsky’s Rule 9 – The Threat<br />“The threat you imagined is usually more terrible than the thing itself.” (“Outing!”)<br />All successful negotiation is by extortion.<br />There is no such thing as “good will.”<br />Negative campaigning is “conflict resolution.”<br />Blackmail your enemies when possible, but<br />Never bluff!<br />
  21. 21. Rule 10 -- The Value of Pressure<br />“The major premise for attacks is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure on the opposition.”<br />Pressure arises out of conflict.<br />The stress of pressure causes mistakes.<br />Mistakes create opportunities.<br /> --”Tea Baggers” on “Astro-turf!”<br /> --”Granny has joined the mob!”<br />
  22. 22. Rule 11 -- The Dark Side (of a Negative)<br />“If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break into its counter side.”<br /> --Fire hoses and police dogs. (Civil Rights)<br /> --Passive resistance. (Where to sit!)<br /> --The party of “No!” (Yankee Doodle!)<br />
  23. 23. Rule 12 -- Constructive Alternatives<br />“The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative!”<br />Make extreme demands!<br /> --But plan to compromise!<br /> --If all your demands are met--catastrophe! <br /> --Partial concessions leave the door open to more demands. (Vouchers)<br />
  24. 24. The Essential Rule Number13<br />“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it!”<br /> --What is your grievance?<br /> --Who is responsible for it?<br /> --(Whenever possible, name an individual!)<br /> --Is the responsible party vulnerable?<br /> --How can we isolate this target?<br />
  25. 25. Get Personal!<br />Alinsky taught that “People hurt sooner than institutions.”<br />Forget “the commissioners!” Go after the offending individual—by name!<br />Attack on every level.<br /> --Character<br /> --Motive<br /> --Skeletons in the closet<br /> --Back waxing! (Florida’s Crist against Marco Rubio)<br />Ignore distractions. Stay focused on the target!<br />
  26. 26. POLARIZATION<br />Polarize the target!<br />Isolate it and pin it down, as if…<br /> --Your cause is 100% right and just.<br /> --The enemy is 100% wrong and evil.<br />“Let nothing get you off your target!”<br />The object (for Alinsky) was to destroy, not to convince!<br />
  27. 27. Morals and Qualms<br />But what about our moral principles!<br />Progressives are engaged in gradual treason!<br /> --They are eroding our Constitution. <br />We must avoid moral equivalence!<br /> --The burglar has no claim on his lost wallet!<br />We must face reality! This is a life and death struggle for the lives of our children!<br />“Last guys don’t finish nice!” – Saul Alinsky<br />