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Rules for Radical Conservatives: Beating the Left at Its Own Game to Take Back America [Kindle Edition]

David Kahane
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Book Description

Are you a frustrated conservative shocked by the bunch of far Left fanatics driving the bus—and our future—off a cliff? It’s time to fight back with the same ruthlessness that has served the radicals so well—not just now, but for the long term. And who better to reveal their strategies—and their fatal weaknesses—than one of their own? Playing on his all-too-typical hubris and good old greed, we’ve recruited well-known liberal apparatchik David Kahane to lead conservatives out of the political wilderness, whether he means to or not. Is he arrogant and obnoxious? Absolutely. Does he deliver the goods? You betcha. We’ll let Dave speak for himself:
Please allow me to introduce myself. . . . My name is David and I’m going to share some secrets. I’m going to take you into the smoke-free back rooms of today’s progressive political machine to reveal how it really operates—and how you can bring it down. I’ll lay out the rules we radicals have used to run circles around you, and clue you in on how to make them work for you, too.

How do I know this stuff? As the son of the sainted “Che” Kahane, I’ve been schooled in the art of seizing and holding political power as we transform America one antiquated tradition and constitutional clause at a time. Now I work in Hollywood, where I’ve perfected the game pioneered by such pros as Machiavelli, Saul Alinsky, and Al Capone, father of the immortal Chicago Way. Read on and learn from our time-tested techniques:
• Know your enemy, his intentions, his weapons, and his weaknesses. You too can play relentless, on-message hardball with every scandal, hypocrisy, lie, and fundamentally flawed policy your adversaries dish up.
• Become what you behold. Adopt some of our scorched-earth tactics, best described in David Mamet’s Untouchables: “They pull a knife, you pull a gun.
• Take no prisoners. Attack our premises, expose their true nature and consequences, and pin them on us, hard.
• Never cede anything to the other side, philosophically speaking. Force the Left to argue facts, not emotions. We hate that.
Treat us with the same respect we give you. None.
• It is better to be feared than liked, especially by your enemies. And it helps to show up for the fight. (Note to past and future Republican candidates.)
Why am I telling you all this? Because I thrive on making trouble and, frankly, because I’m proud of what my team has done. Between us, I don’t think it matters if I turn over our playbook to you at this late date. I don’t think you can get it together to stop us now. Plus, I got a lot of money.

Happy reading, America! You think you can take us down? Go for it. I dare you.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews Review

Brad Thor Reviews Rules for Radical Conservatives

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author whose titles include The Lions of Lucerne, Path of the Assassin, State of the Union, Blowback (recognized as one of the Top 100 Thrillers of All Time by NPR), and The Last Patriot (nominated best thriller of the year by the International Thriller Writers Association and banned in Saudi Arabia). Read his review of Rules for Radical Conservatives:

Normally when someone whispers, “Psssst, hey buddy,” at me (especially when I’m in Hollywood), I keep on walking. But for someone reason when David Kahane did it, I stopped and I listened. And boy, did I get a politically insightful earful.

Kahane is the pseudonymous persona of a highly-connected, extremely funny, and incredibly bright Hollywood liberal who has turned to eating his own. Reading Kahane is like sitting next to Sean Connery in that scene from The Untouchables when he tells Elliot Ness that the only way he’ll ever beat Capone is to beat him at his own game, to beat him the Chicago way, and that’s what Rules for Radical Conservatives is all about-–beating the leftists at their own game.

Don’t ask me why Kahane, the Arthur Frommer of the left, turned against his once beloved Progressive movement, just be glad that he has. Throughout this brilliant book, we get a poignant (and hysterical) peek behind the leftist curtain and learn what motivates them, how they operate, how they have co-opted media, education, government, and more. Best of all, Kahane offers us an ingenious, point-by-point roadmap for taking our country back.

If you haven’t read Kahane before, you’re in for a treat. If you haven’t even heard of Kahane before, you’re in for an even bigger treat as Rules for Radical Conservatives is the perfect place to delve into his wide and witty body of work. And while the left may refer to him as their Benedict Arnold, I see him as our own Benjamin Franklin-–a man of incalculable intellect who can’t help but dispense his wisdom with an extraordinary sense of humor.

Make no mistake, Kahane is no leftist plant. He’s the real deal and he’s here to help save America. Never has there been a funnier book that so succinctly spells out the left’s game and how to beat them at it. Only when you stop laughing will you realize how much you have learned and how much better prepared you are to take the fight to those who would destroy America and everything we hold dear.

In short-–I laughed, I cried, I bought copies to give to all my friends. Rules for Radical Conservatives gets two red-white-and-blue thumbs all the way up!

From Publishers Weekly

The pseudonymous columnist for the National Review Online ("a kind of reverse Stephen Colbert), Kahane showcases his conservative philosophies in all their prescient glory. A time-travelling Ginsbergian introduction makes it clear that this is a battle cry, not a think piece: "I was present when the Sodomites came for Lot's sons and rejected his living daughters... I was there at Belshazzar's Feast, when the moving hand writ large upon the wall: mene, mene tekell upharsin... I was there when Pilate washed his hands of the Christ, when the Czar and his family were murdered, when Oswald's bullet went through the back of Jack Kennedy's head." Kahane's fondness for language often lends his rebuttals of liberal thought a beat poet's madness; the whole enterprise, however, reads more like a rant than coherent thought, making it difficult at times to find the needle of argument in his haystack of propaganda. Those who follow Kahane (the name of the screenwriter in The Player who was murdered behind the Rialto theater) will no doubt be delighted; those you don't will of course steer clear, taking the author's lead in making no attempt whatsoever to find common ground. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 481 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345521862
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4DMO
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179 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding the Tactics You Need to Fight September 28, 2010
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Instead of bizarre fantasies involving human waste, I would like to offer a real review. This book is a witty and much-needed take on the tactics that many politicians use - and that we must understand and counteract if we are to be successful in changing our ways.

It pains me to say this, but the message of this book is correct. Conservatives need to understand what Alinsky tactics are all about.

Highly recommended.
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful
I think anyone who really reads David Kahane's book RULES FOR RADICAL CONSERVATIVES (Beating The Left At Its Own Game To Take Back America) has to admit that in what is sometimes a tongue-in-check approach the author is making some really good points---and setting the record straight.

There is sometimes a big disconnect in what is the truth and what is portrayed as the truth, espcially in a time when some in the media and in politics have built a career of twisting facts for their own gain. I think it is high time that Americans take it upon themselves to really become educated about the issues and not letting others define who or what we are.

Kahane take a methodical approach to looking at exactly how we got into the shape we are in today, but he doesn't stop there. If he has, we wouldn't have caught what I believe to be the book's purpose. He gives us a commonsense roadmap to getting on the right track and staying there.

With an all-important mid-term election on the horizon, there is not one individual who shouldn't feel as though this election---and every election---is critical to what is happening in this country. Kahane stresses this in a way that is not preachy, but matter-of-fact. If we want to see real change from the busines as usual, we have to start working today.

In my opinion RULES FOR RADICAL CONSERVATIVES is just the shot in the arm needed to wake us up and keep us moving forward.
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191 of 215 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kahane ROCKS September 29, 2010
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Walsh/Kahane puts it best when he notes (as does anyone paying attention) that liberals demonize, mock and attack only those things they legitimately fear, e.g. Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann, Christians, reason, moderation, competing viewpoints, etc. The more fundamentally correct, true and tenable a position is, the more liberals will screech and shriek AROUND the issue, without ever addressing the issue itself:

Arizona immigration law mirrors Federal laws = RACISTS! PROFILERS!

Opposition to Muslim community center located near Ground Zero (to include a mosque and--as acknowledged by center's proponents--as celebration of 9/11/01 attacks) = RACISTS! ISLAMOPHOBES!

Saul Alinsky is denied emeritus status, in part because a board member's father was killed by proponent of Alinsky's ideology and tactics = THREAT TO ACADEMIC FREEDOM!

I'm tired of getting played by their rules; I want to play BY their rules. And I will support those who will metaphorically punch them in the mouth. (see Coulter, A.; Gutfeld, G.; Rubio, R.; Christie, C.; DiNizio, P.; Malkin, M.; Goldberg, J.; Sowell, T.; et al.)
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Come to Bury Alinsky, and Bury Him Deep October 1, 2010
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Rules for Radical Conservatives is not a manual for either faint-hearted `compassionistas' nor one looking for a new second hobby. This manual takes it for granted that we - you, me, any serious conservative/libertarian independent - will fight to the death. That means last-resort barricades, in extremis, but, more, and more likely, we cannot rest if we want our freedoms. We really must be diligently vigilant from first voter registration in youth until the voter dies if he - we - want to stay free and own the prosperity we earn.

For me, it seems some proselytizing among the `super-entitled' is going to be necessary. These hearts which only bleed for themselves and their petulant claims need to be reclaimed for their own real, true, actual, historically tested, time honored American good. This book, and through Kahane's experience and hard-earned resolve we have some means spelled out and other methods given blueprints. As well, I even see some application to resistance of Sharia Islam given active play.

Though I am still in the reading process and not yet done, I do miss the necessary, even vital, moral component by which Thatcher helped resurrect Great Britain, Reagan gave leadership to us during his Presidency and Pope John Paul II, the Great, helped free eastern Europe from Stalinist communism. This is an important aspect, our morality. Our founders more than recommended it, they insisted on it. Alexis de Tocqueville noted its fundamental place in the American exceptionalism and citizen persona. Is there a sequel in the works that trumps the low amorality (at best) of Alinsky-ist anarchistic nihilism and despotic socialism with return to Judeao-Christian principles to guide our general population and policies?

I could say more, but I am such a verbosity machine. Still and all, a five-star book by an interested and involved writing citizen: Thanks, Mr. Kahane.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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This is a sobering wake up call which illuminates the low level tactics the Left has been employing over the last 40 years or so.
Kahane's style is tongue-in cheek but that has the effect of giving his message resonance. His chief point is to take off the gloves and realize the nature of the opponent. Political correctness is DEAD. Truth is the new "hate" speech or so the Left would have us believe. No more acquiescence to the left on anything!
Any and every statement from the liberal camp is to challenged. Once speech is controled then thought is restricted and liberty is in peril.
Kahane implores the reader to not relinquish the moral high ground. Example: if you disagree with Obama and have the temerity to put voice to that then you must be a "racist". Policy can't have anything to do with it.
The technique of course is to discredit an opposing voice (certainly a "racist" or "hater" isn't worth listening to.) If there is contempt to dish out the Left serves a healthy spoonful. Contempt and derision are useful tools and giving the left a dose of Thierry own medicine is the prescription.
What's good for the goose.... Also the left hates to be mocked about anything. Never pass up a chance to take shots (deservedly or not, it doesn't matter). Look at that a$$wipe Colbert and learn. Adopt a healthy contempt for the "values" of the opponent and be vocal about it. Do not accept a charge of "hater"; this is time to drive a stake through Political Correctness. This book belongs on the shelf next to Thomas Sowell's "Dismantling America", "Visions of the Annointed", Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism" and Orwell's 1984/Animal Farm.
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Tired of having progresives spit in my face when I want to have a talk with them about our differences.This is helping.
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Part One is masterful! Part Two is Out There! Fun to read and even better the arguments stay with you.
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