Americans for Conservative Training Presents

Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”: What the Left Knows and What We Need to Learn

Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins—or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer. —SAUL ALINSKY

 Who is Saul Alinsky?  Why are his ideas so effective?  Where have his tactics been used?  What can conservatives learn from Alinsky? .

then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order or the dictatorship of the proletariat.Who is Saul Alinsky?  Alinsky is a Marxist. and finally the last stage—the political paradise of communism” . ◦ “Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists” ◦ “From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism.

everything to him is relative and changing. ◦ “Truth to him is relative and changing.” .Who is Saul Alinsky?  Alinsky is a moral relativist.

so that the converse of revolution on one side is counterrevolution and on the other side.” . reformation. and so on in an endless chain of connected converses.Who is Saul Alinsky?  Alinsky believes that there is no fixed truth. ◦ “Each element with its positive and converse sides is fused to other related elements in an endless series of everything.

want mores ◦ Justice. law and order are words used by the Haves to maintain the status quo.When did he develop his tactics?  Class Trinity ◦ Have. and have a little. morality. have-nots. .

"Does this particular end justify this particular means?" . and always has been. "Does the end justify the means?" is meaningless as it stands. the real and only question regarding the ethics of means and ends is.Means and Ends  THAT PERENNIAL QUESTION.

. One’s concerns with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one’s distance from the scene of conflict. One’s concerns with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one’s personal interest in the issue. The judgment of the ethics of means is dependent on the political position of those sitting in judgment. the end justifies almost any means.  2.  3.The Rules of Means and Ends  1. In war.

. Judgment must be made in the context of the times which in which the action occurred and not from any other chronological vantage point. Concern with ethics increases with the number of means available and vice versa. The less important the end to be desired.The Rules of Means and Ends  4.  5.  6. the more one can afford to engage in ethical evaluations of means.

 9. The morality of means depends upon whether the means is being employed at a time of imminent defeat or imminent victory. Any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical.  8.  10. Generally. You do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments.The Rules of Means and Ends  7. success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics. .

The Rules of Means and Ends  10. “Of the common welfare”. “Pursuit of happiness”. fraternity”. equality. Goals must be phrased in general terms like “Liberty. .

A Word About Words  Power  Self-Interest  Compromise  Conflict .

Traits of an Effective Organizer  Irreverence  Imagination A sense of humor  A blurred vision of a better world  A well-integrated political schizoid  Ego  A free and open mind and political relativity  Creating new out of the old .

4. Never go outside the experience of your people. . “We will either find a way. 5. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. but what your enemy thinks you have. or make one” –Hannibal Power is not only what you have. 3. Whenever possible.Tactics 1. Ridicule is mans most potent weapon. go outside the experience of your enemy. 2.

4. 3. (continued) A good tactic is one your people enjoy. A tactic that drags on too long is a drag. . The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. Keep the pressure on.Tactics 1. 2. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself. 5.

and polarize it. freeze it.Tactics 1. . (continued) If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside. personalize it. 2. Pick the target. 3. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

County and Municipal Employees  Service Employees International Union  Barack Obama’s campaign  Michelle Obama’s rhetoric  The Democratic National Convention .Where have his tactics been used?  Public Sector Unions  American Federation of State.

 Utilize the same tools. ◦ A tactic that drags on too long are a drag. ◦ A good tactic is one that people enjoy.  Alinsky’s rules apply to both sides.What can conservatives learn from Alinsky?  Learn and recognize the tactics of the left. . ◦ Keep the pressure on. ◦ Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.

 Donate. .What YOU Can Do Locally  Be informed.  Get involved.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful