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2.0 out of 5 stars How to live a miserable life, February 4, 2013
This review is from: Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals (Paperback)
The prologue of this book, in the words of the author, renders great insight into all that follows in the text. "Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins- or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom - Lucifer."
From this flows tyranny in all it's forms. Hate your enemies, hate your rivals, and hate those who resist or disagree with your methods or purposes. Find them, create them, identify them, isolate them, mock them, destroy them. Agitate, compromise, agitate. Revolution, counterrevolution, revolution. Destroy, create, destroy, etc. Endlessly. The result is what we have today: political polarization. Hardcore militancy. Gutter political campaigns. Propaganda media. Angry and vulgar public discourse. Special interest advocacy ad nauseum. Lawsuits galore.
Alinsky has bought into the big lie spoken in the garden. "The organizer is in a true sense reaching for the highest level for which man can reach- to create, to be a great creator, to play God." pg. 61. The author is under the strong delusion that man's nature is innately good, that man is the measure of all things, and that by strategy he can rule this world if only he could master the chessboard. His aim has no final destination such as Utopia, but to keep the process of revolution boiling forever. He doesn't even espouse a philosophy of ethical principles that might constrain the means to gain political power. Power at any cost. He fails to comprehend that man's power of destruction far exceeds his power to create, and in this regard is no different than Hitler, Stalin, or Mao. Eventually radicals run out of things to destroy and the things they create are stillborn. Burn baby burn!
The only value of this book is to understand the insurgency of a free society. Clothed in the language of Liberty, wrapped in the flag, comes your worst nightmare.
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