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Rules for Conservative Radicals: Lessons from Saul Alinsky, the Tea Party Movement, and the Apostle Paul in the Age of Collaborative Technologies Paperback – 2009

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Michael Patrick Leahy, the co-founder of Top Conservatives on Twitter, and one of the early leaders of the Tea Party Movement, offers sixteen rules for conservative radicals based on lessons from Saul Alinsky, the Tea Party Movement, and the Apostle Paul. Leahy shows how today's average citizen, armed with inexpensive tools of collaborative technology, can influence the public dialogue in ways never thought possible only a few years ago. Leahy argues that today's conservative radical should follow the tactics of Saul Alinsky, but apply the morals and ethics of Martin Luther King.Leahy provides unique insights into the true story of how the Tea Party Movement and the Town Hall Protests of August 2009 came to be, and sounds the alarm of conservative optimism for the future of our country. He argues that we can save our republic, but that it will require a dramatic increase in the degree of political engagement of like-minded conservatives around the country. Based on his personal experience, Leahy offers unique insights into project servant-leadership and the dynamics of self organizing projects. He argues that succesful self organizing projects are characterized by rapid response consensus development, transparent communications, and rapid implementation of tactics by a core group of engaged project colleagues, all of whom are guided by principles of project servant-leadership first demonstrated by the Apostle Paul. Today's patriotic American citizen must be prepared to willingly step into the pool of piranhas--those amoral left wing zealots who seek only to destroy their opponents. Leahy offers sound advice about effective ways to fight back and defeat these piranhas. We should do no less for our posterity, he concludes, than Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, and Washington did for us.


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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: C-Rad Press (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979497442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979497445
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,464,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rodney D. Merrill on December 1, 2009
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I was pleasantly surprised by the content of this book. Initially, I found the references to Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" book of great interest. However, the further into the book I read the more I realized the author wasn't just trying rewrite Alinsky's book from a conservative viewpoint but rather provide a learning experience that includes many biblical references and personal experiences. He also demonstrates how the teachings of Alinsky's book have had a profound effect on some of our country's best known elected leaders and what impact this is having on American citizens.
My biggest surprise came in the very middle of the book where the author provides his unique insight into what propelled the Tea Party Movement from its very early stages in late 2008. This in itself should be of great interest to many Tea Party members and those familiar with Top Conservatives on Twitter (TCOT).
The last section of the book invokes action that the reader will find is a paradigm shift from rallies and town hall meetings, to becoming actively involved in a way that is truly radical for a conservative. There is a thought-provoking self assessment at the back of the book that gives the reader a clear sense of knowing how best to apply themselves.
I highly recommend this book to anyone contemplating participation or is involved as a leader in a conservative group of like-minded citizens who want to be effective.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Babbitt on September 23, 2009
This is a great read. It's fun in the sense it gives you a practical toolset from which to promote conservative oriented change. It also provides a much needed historical look into the Alinsky mindset and the legacy he left behind in the world of the Clintons and Obamas. It also shows how the conservative movement has been remiss in its duties to counteract the Left -- and we are paying the price -- and slow to adopt effective strategies and tactics to neuter Leftist propaganda and policies. Its a good wake up call and recipe for effective action.

Some background: I was a far-leftist thinking liberal for most of my life (from the New-Left mindset) and changed after 9/11, after I saw the ideological idiocy and visciousness of so many on the Left. I started listening to the other side -- what a concept -- and decided they had better arguments,versus appeals to juvenile utopian emotions. (The song, Imagine, by John Lennon captures this sentiment.)

I also came to see that I had been profoundly misguided by the dominant liberal media, which had the habit of visciously slandering conservatives. No wonder I thought that I would rather be dead than a Republican. With the picture they routinely paint, why would anyone think of being a Republican. What evil monsters!
Now I realize that pound for pound, idea for idea, value for value, I would rather be a conservative promoting Liberty, Freedom, and Free Enterprise than the Statist alternative that always result downstream in a meek and fearful populace dominated by elitists who despise the people they supposedly represent. The times they are a changin' -- where did I hear that?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrea King on November 22, 2009
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who are cogniscent of civil responsibilty and who understand peaceful, yet powerful change. This book uses the tools of the liberal agenda as a playbook for conservative change - although many of the rules were clarified for honest use, if not deleted altogether. Also an interesting introduction into the behind the scenes formation of the Tea Party movement.
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