- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books (1972)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000PYR23Y
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals. Paperback – 1972
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There are many war stories in the book, and that’s what turned me off. If all you want to do is to get political power and you don’t care how you do it, these tactics can bear fruit. But watch out, in winning the battle, in the long run you can lose the war.
I read years ago a history about one town’s efforts to integrate where there was so much bitterness over the tactics used, that when finally one of the top prizes to be integrated, the public swimming pool, was to be opened, there was no public swimming pool. The battle was won, the order sent out to integrate the public pool, but the war lost because the pool was no more. This history is not recounted in the book.
On another level, these tactics can backfire. If you are one of those like me who has no political power and no desire to get it, where the main conflict is the battle of ideas, the most powerful weapons mentioned in the book and the ones most central in the war stories recounted in the book — ridicule and personalization — will cause you to lose the war. Those are the tactics to make personal enemies who will hinder efforts to get ideas accepted. Those tactics listed in the book are tactics of hate, dishonesty and depersonalization, but the acceptance of ideas demands that people be treated with honor and respect as persons, even when arguing against them, and the ideas presented honestly and truthfully.
The problem with ridicule is that central to ridicule is dishonesty, in short, lies.Read more ›
David Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals" was a radical, and successful, community organizer who compiled these controversial organizational tactics in the 1970s. This primer is "The Prince" for the have-nots; it is firmly grounded in the politics of power with minimal ethical considerations. Several generations of community organizers from across the ideological spectrum have now utilized these tactics to help achieve their objectives. Alinsky explains that the first task of an outside organizer is overcoming suspicion and establishing credibility among the local population. After this first step has been accomplished, the organizer must then agitate the local population by stirring resentments and hostilities in order to overcome apathy and encourage participation. Recruitment is most successfully accomplished through established networks, like unions, gangs, churches, or other extant organizations. Lastly, Alinsky lists 13 "rules" for organizers that act more as general guidelines than hard and fast directives.
One thing extra about this book. I was reading it while at the doctor's office waiting for a biopsy. Not exactly a place to sit back and relax. I was laughing so hard that people were looking at me as if I was at the wrong doctor. It is extremely "funny" as it depicts human behavior.
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He dedicated this book to Lucifer. That should give you some idea where this radical is coming from. He's a satanist and communist.Published on October 30, 2013 by bk