In spite of the media’s conspicuous silence on the matter, it is no secret that Saul Alinsky’s manual for “community organizers”—Rules for Radicals—exerted an immeasurable influence over the world’s most well recognized community organizer, President Barack Obama. Thus, to understand why Obama does what he does, we need to be familiar with the vision that Alinsky delineated in his book.(full story "Six Alinsky Rules That Explain Obama’s Words and Deeds" at frontpagemag.com)
Below are six ideas, six “rules,” that the Godfather of community organizing packs between the covers of Rules, ideas that Obama’s imbibed hook, line, and sinker.
(1). Politics is all about power relations, but to advance one’s power, one must couch one’s positions in the language of morality.
(2). There is only three kinds of people in the world: rich and powerful oppressors, the poor and disenfranchised oppressed, and the middle-class whose apathy perpetuates the status quo.
(3). Change is brought about through relentless agitation and “trouble making” of a kind that radically disrupts society as it is.
(4). There can be no conversation between the organizer and his opponents. The latter must be depicted as being evil.
(5). The organizer can never focus on just a single issue. He must move inexhaustibly from one issue to the next.
(6). Taunt one’s opponents to the point that they label you a “dangerous enemy” of “the establishment.”
• Summary of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals'
• Rules for Radicals at amazon.com