With personal histories, public statements, and the use of tactics, which have raisedmoral questions even with their great success, it seems fair to conclude Alinsky and his ideologyhas been a key influence on Live Action and their choice of tactics.Saul Alinsky,
well known ―community organizer‖ and social activist of the twentieth
century, developed a model of
or the ―Alinsky ideology.‖ In its most
basic form, as outlined in
Rules for Radicals
, Alinsky‘s system consists of
community organizerswho go into impoverished neighborhoods where they live and bond with residents. Once they areaccepted, organizers use techniques and strategies, which in keeping with Alinsky
,could take on just about any form as long as it solved community problems. The goal of Alinskywas not to come in as a leader and work from above, but rather to empower the poor andmarginalized and thus to allow them to become engaged in the political process and to take
power from the ―haves‖ and give it to themselves
. For Alinsky, the goal is power to the people atany cost.
Outside of this basic model, Alinsky‘s no
-holds-barred approach to activism and his rules
of ―power tactics‖
provide insight in the extent that Alinsky was willing to go to achieve hisgoals.
These rules include such aphorisms as
ower is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have‖―
Make the enemy live up to its own
book of rules‖
is man's most potent weapon.
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.