Saul Alinsky Died 40 Years Ago Today… “Once I get into hell, I’ll start organizing the have-nots over there. PLAYBOY: Why them? ALINSKY: They’re my kind of people.”
Saul Alinsky Died 40 Years Ago Today
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:21:26 PM by artichokegrower
Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972)
From Playboy interview:
ALINSKY: … if there is an afterlife, and I have anything to say about it, I will unreservedly choose to go to hell. PLAYBOY:
Why? ALINSKY: Hell would be heaven for me. All my life I’ve been with the have-nots. Over here, if you’re a have-not, you’re short of dough.
If you’re a have-not in hell, you’re short of virtue. Once I get into hell, I’ll start organizing the have-nots over there. PLAYBOY: Why them? ALINSKY: They’re my kind of people.
Gun-grabbers are using Rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals ^
Posted on Tuesday, January 08, 2013 9:18:01 PM by E. Pluribus Unum
ALINSKY’S RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works……….
After reading the book, my personal opinion is that Alinsky was a brilliant yet cynical, habitually dishonest, utterly amoral human being with a deep understanding of large swathes of human nature. Was he a good guy?
No, not at all. But, is there a lot conservatives can learn from his tactics? Absolutely. Some of it we can apply and some of it we can see how the Left has applied it against us.
With that in mind, here are the quotes that jumped out at me in Alinsky’s tome:……
It should be remembered that you can threaten the enemy and get away with it.
You can insult and annoy him, but the one thing that is unforgivable and that is certain to get him to react is to laugh at him.
Declaration of Dependence
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for One Man to create political bands which shall bind a people unto himself, and to assume among the powers of the Earth, the separate and more equal station to which the Laws of Alinsky and of Alinsky’s god Lucifer entitles him, a decent self-respect and care for the opinions of posterity requires that he should declare the methods which impel him to the Throne.
I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, but that I am more Equal than others; that they are endowed by their government with certain temporary favors, that among these are Tolerance, Diversity, and the pursuit of Enlightenment.
Saul Alinsky was a brilliant man. Evil, but brilliant. Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, everyone on the Left from the President on down is playing by his rules in the political arena. Not all liberals have read his book or know his name, but his tactics have become universal.
Sadly for conservatives, when two evenly matched forces go head-to-head outside of a fairy tale, the side that tries to play nice usually ends up with its head in a box. So, don’t lie or become an evil person like Alinsky, but learn from what he wrote and give the Left a taste of its own medicine.
From our friend Michael Walsh at the National Review’s The Corner. He’s got a historical piece referencing the “progressive” action in Rochester, N.Y. during the mid-to-late 1960s and how they relate to current protests.
Read the full post, but a taste…
Alinsky rode into town on a one-trick pony that the Left has since turned into its warhorse: Agitate one side’s grievances, and appeal to another side’s decency and gullibility in order to provoke the establishment, whose reaction will unite the other two. Then the community organizer charges in on his nag-turned-steed and proceeds to set the rot in motion under the banner of “progress.”
Even though the activists want you to think the riots were in response to oppression by the man – in Rochester’s case Kodak not hiring enough minorities – they were really kicked off when police responded to a dance chaperone calling police to help remove an unruly and drunk party-goer.
The disturbance began at a Friday evening street dance sponsored by the Northeast Mothers Improvement Association. One of the chaperones called police to complain about an intoxicated young man and when police attempted to arrest him, the crowd interfered. The officers called for backup and when a K-9 unit arrived on the scene, the crowd became enraged.
Alinsky showed up and picked Kodak as a primary target since they were the largest employer in town.
Just an interesting historical perspective for you this morning.