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Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals Paperback – October 23, 1989
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“This country's leading hell-raiser...has set down some of the rules of the game. No one has had more experience or has been more successful at it than Alinsky.” —The Nation
“Alinsky's techniques and teachings influenced generations of community and labor organizers, including the church-based group hiring a young [Barack] Obama to work on Chicago's South Side in the 1980s.... Alinsky impressed a young [Hillary] Clinton, who was growing up in Park Ridge at the time Alinsky was the director of the Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Alinsky is that rarity in American life, a superlative organizer, strategist, and tactician who is also a social philosopher.” —Charles E. Silberman
“He cannot be bought; he cannot be intimidated; and he breaks all the rules.” —The Economist (London)
“I consider him to be one of the few really great men of our century.” —Jacques Maritain
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This primers tells the "have-nots" how they can organize to achieve real political power for the practice of true democracy.
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I found online, after a very, very long search, the thesis written by a major US Democratic Party "female" player! This "player" also represented some of the worst of a US hate group with the US ACLU!
It would be a highly interesting Master's or Doctoral Thesis idea, to take all the US Democratic Party members of congress and utilizing their profiles, see how many actually started out as "community activists, etc.." and then do the same for the US Republican Party and compare and analyze - based on speeches (word count analysis etc...), legislation proposed and passed, as well as Committee assignments! One wonders, what in fact, the results of such a detailed study would be?
Also, I have written the ACLU- oddly enough, numerous times for assistance, and received none- to the disbelief of numerous very highly educated individuals of different political and social leanings! Surprisingly, I am a veteran, so I wrote the ACLU National Leadership, and have heard nothing back at all from them, about just how many US military veterans they have represented in the state of Alabama and at the national level in the last 5-years or so? It would seem a very simple question- so why no response at all? I will leave that to readers of this review to ponder?
This book- should in fact- even though I give it one star- be read by all in politics, international relations, etc... even corporate America, for awareness of what in fact may or may not be going on around one in such a career field or their own corporation!
Know thy Opponent better than one knows themselves!!!!!!!
Saul Alinsky's primer is better than anything authored by Ayn Rand, Pat Robertson, Ray Comfort, and David Barton (of WallBuilders). “The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession,” said the revolutionary President Abraham Lincoln (NNDB.com).
Then I got into his rules and their justification. He build his justification by rejecting the premise of "The end does NOT justify the means." He claims that in history no winners are concerned by terrible means. He even goes so far as to say if Ghandi had been facing Germany or Russia he would have resorted to warfare. This goes on for several chapters, sighting various historical examples of "Damn the Morality, Get What You Want."
I haven't finished the book and I am interested in listen to his detailed program. Based on justification I can only expect the worst. He shows no concern for moral or philosophical correctness. Saul Allansky sound like someone you would never turn your back on, I
even if he claimed to be your blood brother.