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Rules for Radicals – 5 (Conclusion)

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Rules for Radicals

If you Google “Saul Alinsky,” many contemporary references come from right-wing commentators decrying him as an evil man with a wicked agenda, opinions I find to be simultaneously overheated and lacking in the type of insight needed to condemn what deserves condemnation. For, as I’ve come to realize while writing this week’s series, Rules for […]

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Rules for Radicals – 4

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Rules for Radicals

Reading Rules for Radicals from beginning to end provides important insight to those trying to better understand the mindset of those advocating for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel. Starting with the famous (or infamous) “Rule #12” which specifies to “Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it,” what better way to […]

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Rules for Radicals – 3

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Rules for Radicals

While the most vociferous critics of Saul Alinsky and his work tend to focus on the tactics he recommends in Chapter 7 of Rules for Radicals (a list which is frequently confused for the rules themselves), the keystone flaw in Alinsky’s political theory can actually be found a hundred pages earlier in a chapter entitled […]

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Rules for Radicals – 2

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Rules for Radicals

It’s ironic that 40+ years after Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals was published, its author is still characterized by some as a closet Commie or anarchist bomb-thrower, given that Alinsky was trying to provide those radicalized to fight the status quo an alternative to joining Marxist movements he knew to deliver only sterile misery.  And with […]

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Rules for Radicals – 1

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Rules for Radicals

A sharp-eyed reader may have spotted a reference in a recent piece on BDS-amokery to Rules for Radicals, the Bible for the Community Organizer written by political activist and guru Saul Alinsky in 1971. Because our current President came out of a profession defined in many ways by Alinsky’s work, critics of the administration have […]

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SJP Running Amok

A recent story on the attempt by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and their allies to bring their political opponents up on charges at UCLA included a comment on how SJP has been running amok all year on campus after campus.  And if you look at what’s been happening the last few months, that […]

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Holiday Celebrations

Well the holidays are upon us, so time to take a look at some inspiring events from the various war zones the BDSers chose to open up over the last few weeks. Starting off with an event that put all the boycotter’s loathsome tactics and abhorrent behavior on display, a divestment resolution suddenly appeared on […]

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Sign the Petition for an Open Jewish Voice for Peace!

While Elder of Ziyon beat me to this particular gag, I realized that the whole Open Hillel tactic provided me the means to accomplish something I’ve been tempted to do for a while: continue my anti-BDS work as a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). When I originally looked into what this might involve, […]

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Ballad of the BDSbyterians

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Presbyterian Church 2014

Sorry for the delay, for those of you who can’t get enough of manic song lyrics regarding obscure situations.  (Actually, it took some time to tone down what I started to write.) Anyway, in the spirit of the new BDSbyterian label I mentioned last time, I present a humble little ballad, sung to the tune (for the […]

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A Panic-Driven Response to Omar Barghouti

As the leader of a “movement” that has accomplished next to nothing in close to fifteen years, Omar Barghouti seems to have developed special vision powers (perhaps learned while studying at an Israeli school he insists everyone in the world but he should boycott).  These powers allow him to see panic-stricken Israeli supporters on all […]

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Perspective

One of the pieces that has gotten the most play on this site is this one which debunks BDS boasts of impending triumph with some figures demonstrating how little the “movement” has accomplished since it got off the ground at the now-notorious Durban I conference in 2001 (not 2005, BTW). I suspect it is the […]

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500 and Farewell

Having written close to half a million words on the subject of BDS over the last four years, it was nice to discover a graphic (actually the Google mashup Barbara pointed us towards) that so nicely sums up one of the key messages of Divest This: the utter failure of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions […]

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