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- Publisher: Vintage (June 22, 2010)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2010
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003T0G9GM
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"Rules for Radicals" is essentially a guidebook that encourages individuals to gather, organize and develop a battle-plan to spread a socialist agenda; there is even a list of tactics to be used. Alinsky has conveniently simplified the complex socio-economic landscape of the United States into three groups: The Haves (upper-class), The Have Some, Want More (middle-class) and Have-nots (poor). It is explained that the Haves are the minority that possesses all the wealth/power which is used to ruthlessly exploit the lower classes to enforce their status-quo and maintain their wealth/ power. The Have-Some and Have-nots are basically characterized as being numerically strong, but also mindless and weak ... forced to a life dictated by the Haves. Alinsky then introduces the "community organizer" ... the do-gooder ... the pot-stirrer ... the "social-conscience" ... the one who will fight for those who "can't" or "won't" fight for themselves ... the one who will "take it to" the Haves. Ironically, I found that Alinsky's book provided more explanation of what our current President did prior to being in public office than any media source has ever tried to convey.Read more ›
This book was not an easy read for I disagreed strongly with what he said about my country that I love and his general outlook on life. Alinsky used the following terms interchangeably: "activist," "radical," "organizer," "agitator,"
"revolutionary," and "man of action." Another 'word group' used frequently was the many forms and variations of "organize" and "organizer" - some 356 times in 196 pages. I found his approach to change and reform crafty, cunning, deceitful, insidious, and disingenuous. His methods are masterfully designed to take advantage of our imperfect systems, and human weaknesses and tendencies. Another disturbing aspect of the book was the predominance of militaristic language when discussing the 'how' and 'why' of his logic: war, battle, attack, tactics, enemy, and strategy.
Alinsky was smart and well-read, but I believe he chose to put his intellect and energies to use for detrimental purposes. He offered many observations and perspectives that differed from my own beliefs and experiences, which was not necessarily a problem, but coming after his "acknowledgment to...Read more ›
This book, "Rules for Radicals" is must reading for anyone who desires insight into what is ahead for this country. There are several sections of the book, which after you read them, you think isn't that just what happened, or oh that's why he did this. The book is a collection of ideas, situations and anecdotes spun into an easygoing yarn of the life of a community organizer. An organizer helps the have-nots get what the haves have, and then he goes and helps the have-not's get what the haves have and then ... well you get the idea.
A must read for the curious and politically inclined.
It seems that the book has three philosophical underpinnings:
1. In the absence of some outside force, people would be equal in every way. There would be no haves and no have nots.
2. Conflict is always and everywhere a good thing because revolutions will always lead to a better outcome.
3. There was to be (at the time of the writing of this book--1971) an imminent revolution in the United States, which the author hoped to foment.
The book falls apart because future events would demonstrate that:
1. People are not equal (the human genome had yet to be sequenced) and you cannot legislate them to be that way.
2. No, revolutions don't always lead to good outcomes. It is interesting that during the years that this book was being written and even after its publication that the Chinese Cultural Revolution was an ongoing concern. Essentially, ten years and tens of millions of lives were wasted for who-knows-what. And even afterward, there are still haves and have not in China (the same way there are everywhere else in the world). There were any other number of historical examples (of revolutions that led to worse outcomes) that the author could have drawn on, but didn't. Sometimes the status quo is just fine.
3. The Vietnam war came and finished and life went on.
The lines of reasoning and assertions in the book led to empirically false conclusions.
What did the book try to be?
1. He tried to be something of a handbook (for people who have too much spare time on their hands--college students, etc) on how to be revolutionary.
2. He tried to be an Eric Hoffer.Read more ›
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Wish I had read this in 1972. Need to know more about his teachings. Found it tone very insightful .Published 18 hours ago by Ken Owens
Wow! Potent stuff and never out of fashion even in this digital age. Physical protests still have impact. Positive or topical information still has impact. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Spud's Place
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Only for those who are interested in the other side. A type of government that has never worked anytime anywhere.Published 11 days ago by Judy
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