Part Six of a series: "What did Barack Obama teach ACORN?" • Read the entire series: here
5 • How Obama organized America: Alinsky-style
4 • Obama's Organizers: The Rat Patrol
3 • Barack Obama trained ACORN in Ethics
2 • Barack trained ACORN organizers in Class Warfare
1 • What did Barack Obama teach ACORN?
"Start them easy, don't scare them off." -- Ace organizer Barack Obama followed the Alinsky playbook.
When Barack Obama trained community organizers for an ACORN subsidiary, Project Vote, he taught from the 1971 book 'Rules for Radicals', by the late socialist Saul Alinsky.
Obama calls his Alinskyite experience "the best education I ever had." (He also attended Occidental College and graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School.) Let's find out more about the man expected to be elected President of the United States next month.
Related video: "Middle Class"
The selection from 'Rules for Radicals', below, reveals:
• A Marxist category called the 'middle class' consists of people who are "numb, bewildered, scared into silence" and whose lives are "tedious."
• To engage a revolution, the 'middle class' must be targeted with an appeal for "Hope."
• Community organizers must deceive the 'middle class' in order to win its support.
• When the 'middle class' is radicalized, the private sector will cease to exist and corporate executives will surrender to radicals' demands.
excerpted from "Rules for Radicals", by Saul Alinsky: The Way Ahead
[...] The middle classes are numb, bewildered, scared into silence. They don't know what, if anything, they can do. This is the job for today's radical - to fan the embers of hopelessness into a flame to fight. To say, "You cannot cop out as have many of my generation! "You cannot turn away - look at it - let us change it together!" "Look at us. We are your children. Let us not abandon each other for then we are all lost. Together we can change it for what we want. Let's start here and there - let's go!"
It is a job first of bringing hope and doing what every organizer must do with all people all classes, places, and times - communicate the means or tactics whereby the people can feel that they have the power to do this and that and on. To a great extent the middle class of today feels more defeated and lost than do our poor.
So you return to the suburban scene of your middle class with its variety of organizations from PTAs to League of Women Voters, consumer groups, churches, and clubs. The job is to search out the leaders in these various activities, identify their major issues, find areas of common agreement, and excite their imagination with tactics that can introduce drama and adventure into the tedium of middle-class life.
Tactics must begin within the experience of the middle class, accepting their aversion to rudeness, vulgarity, and conflict. Start them easy, don't scare them off. The opposition's reactions will provide the "education" or radicalization of the middle class. It does it every time. Tactics here, as already described, will develop in the flow of action and reaction. The chance for organization for action on pollution, inflation, Vietnam, violence, race, taxes, and other issues, is all about us. Tactics such as stock proxies and others are waiting to be hurled into the attack.
The revolution must manifest itself in the corporate sector by the corporations' realistic appraisal of conditions in the nation. The corporations must forget their nonsense about "private sectors." It is not just that government contracts and subsidies have long since blurred the line between public and private sectors, but that every American individual or corporation is public as well as private; public in that we are Americans and concerned about our national welfare. We have a double commitment and corporations had better recognize this for the sake of their own survival. Poverty, discrimination, disease, crime - everything is as much a concern of the corporation as is profits. The days when corporate public relations worked to keep the corporation out of controversy, days of playing it safe, of not offending Democratic or Republican customers, advertisers or associates - those days are done. If the same predatory drives for profits can be partially transmuted for progress, then we will have opened a whole new ball game. I suggest there that this new policy will give its executives a reason for what they are doing - a chance for a meaningful life. [...]