Series Archives: Rules for Radicals

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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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 – 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 – 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 – 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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