This is Part-3 of my 3-Part series on Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
Alinsky Part 1
Alinsky Part 2
In Part-3, Alinsky’s tactics are summarized, along with his goal, or Objective. Just as President Obama told “Joe The Plumber” that he wanted to redistribute American wealth, Alinsky’s Objective was taking power from the Haves and giving it to the Have-Nots. Sounds like Hillary Clinton’s statement that the U.S. economy needed to “Topple the Wealthiest 1%”.
Although couched in his own terms, Alinsky teaches many “tactics” that come straight out of the Department of Defense’s Joint Doctrine, Joint Publication 3, called Principles of War.
Ex. If your numbers are small, “conceal the members in the dark but raise a din and clamor that will make the listener believe that your organization numbers many more than it does.” Joint Doctrine – Economy of Force, Mass, and deception.
Alinsky’s 13 Rules of Power Tactics:
- “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”
- “Never go outside the experience of your people.”Joint Doctrine – Simplicity
- “Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy.” Joint Doctrine – Surprise
- “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.”
- “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” Democrat politicians and their supporters are constantly ridiculing anybody who challenges them. Look at the lengths that they’ve gone to destroy Gov. Sarah Palin, even perpetuating a myth that she said that she could see Russia from her house. Hand in hand with ridicule, according to Alinsky, is Satire.
- “A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.”
- “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Joint Doctrine –Mass, Maneuver, Economy of Force
- “Keep the pressure on.”Joint Doctrine – Offensive
- “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
- “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.”Joint Doctrine – Offensive
- “If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.”
Alinsky teaches fighting as dirty as possible. “In a fight almost anything goes. It almost reaches the point where you stop to apologize if a chance blow lands above the belt.”
- “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
- “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” This one tactic is probably the most well known element of Alinsky’s teachings, and is one of the most used by the left. It not only attacks a defined enemy, but is used to find the next target…that being anybody or organization that comes to the defense of the original target. Is this intimidation why so many are silent when progressives go on the attack?
Although Saul Alinsky died in 1972, his Objective and teachings are gaining power in today’s radical left, progressives and the Democratic Party machine.
See Hillary Clinton/Saul Alinsky Letters. From Hillary: “Dear Saul, When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out, or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation?”