Rules For Radicals

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Saul Alinsky

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Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was "very close to being an organizational genius"[1] and writer and a founder of "modern community organizing" to establish collective power, facilitating coalitions and assisting in the development of campaigns. He wrote the book Rules for Radicals published in 1971 one year before his death.

Alinsky spoke of class struggle as a political necessity for social progress. While such a notion is hardly a communist invention Marx and Engels did embrace and integrate this principle into their political theory.[2]

In the opening paragraph of Rules for Radicals Alinsky writes:

  • "What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli[3] for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."

At the end of his personal acknowledgment we can read:

"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."

Alinski was often fighting for the underdog and people often disenfranchised or just taken advantage of by people in positions of power. Alinsky was not really a Socialist although his Rules could be used by both socialists or capitalists.

Rules For Radicals


(The following 12 Rules For Radicals includes numbered

  • Rules #

  • RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”
  • Power is derived from different sources which can include both money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from organizing but the motivation for coming together may determine true power.
    • (The reasons for coming together should be a matter of social virtue and morality for those bonds to convey true power to the people.)
    • (Thinking of individuals or even groups as "the enemy". You quest for power must have a noble goal of righteousness. Bonds that come from conflict and common enemies are ineffective in areas that thrive on unity.)
  • RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”
  • It results in confusion, fear, and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)
    • (You should strive to become an expert in all elements within the world where conflict may occur. Doing your homework well requires that you are willing to know the whole truth and become a true expert addressing real problems in their entirety for all of society in the present and the future.)
  • RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”
  • Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety, and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)
    • (If you strive for righteousness and are willing to see the whole truth you will have a decided advantage over those who are less willing to see the conflict clearly.)
  • RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
  • If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
    • (While holding opponents to their own word and rules is a valid approach it should not be your tactic to make them fall by less than noble enterprises unless you desire the same tactics to be used on you. Again to seek righteousness in all things makes you a true radicle in a corrupt world. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.)
  • RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
  • There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)
    • (This tactic would only work on the proud and wicked but may backfire on you if your cause is not just and you are not filled with social virtues and a moral goal of attending to the weightier matters.)
  • RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
  • They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)
    • (If your fellow radicals enjoy doing evil and unrighteous things then your ally is the enemy of righteousness.)
  • RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”
  • Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)
    • (Perseverance is a virtue of the righteous.)
  • RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”
  • Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)
    • (To "Never let up" in the pursuit of righteousness is good advice but if your cause or tactics are unrighteous the end will be unrighteous.)
  • RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
  • Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)
    • (If perception does not match reality then it is a delusion. Anger and fear will both drain you and your group resources.)
  • RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”
  • Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)
    • (Persecution of Christians coupled with their system of charity not only one the hearts of many people it made allies of the bravest and noblest of souls.)
  • RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
  • Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)
    • (It is true that "If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem." which is why you must be righteous and just or you will only beget more unrighteousness. Satan was the father of unrighteousness and while he was able to take power he never produced mercy.)
  • RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
  • Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
    • (Who was the false accuser but Satan himself?)

Cloward-Piven Strategy

The Cloward-Piven Plan is a 1966 strategy rooted in the ideology of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis.

The extensive and detailed plan was the direct product of these two Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven known as the “Cloward-Piven Strategy”. Cloward-Piven strategy explains how you could hasten the fall of capitalism by overload the entitlement system which would push society into economic crisis and collapse. That would unleash chaos and violence in the streets, opening a door to radical Leftist political change.

Unfortunately, some have listed their 8 point plan as belonging to Saul Alinsky because of their association and admiration of his work. Snopes points out that such a claim is "False" but never makes mention of either Cloward or Piven and that their eight-point Plan is real and in play. See "Beware the Useful Idiots"[4]

Michael Reisch and Janice Andrews wrote in the book The Road Not Taken[5] that Cloward and Piven "proposed to create a crisis in the current welfare system – by exploiting the gap between welfare law and practice – that would ultimately bring about its collapse and replace it with a system of guaranteed annual income. They hoped to accomplish this end by informing the poor of their rights to welfare assistance, encouraging them to apply for benefits and, in effect, overloading an already overburdened bureaucracy."

Cloward and Piven as confirmed progressive socialists were inspired by the philosophy of communism, the organizing skills of Saul Alinsky, and the Watts Riots of August 1965. They believed that chaos would need to be achieved before they could introduce their Progressive political ideology which was the ideology of Democratic Socialism masquerading as the salvation of the people.

They both admittedly understood that welfare like the free bread of Rome weakened the poor by providing an all to convenient social safety net which worked as an opiate of the people. [6]

Cloward told The New York Times on September 27, 1970. Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system. It would call for "cadres of aggressive organizers" to use "demonstrations to create a climate of militancy" in a "massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls" swamping the bureaucracy with new applicants and bankrupting governments.

George Alvin Wiley and others[7] used this “crisis strategy” through The National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO) which certainly added to the bankruptcy of New York City in 1975.

Sol Stern on the Manhattan Institute's City Journal wrote. "The flooding succeeded beyond Wiley's wildest dreams. From 1965 to 1974, the number of single-parent households on welfare soared from 4.3 million to 10.8 million, despite mostly flush economic times. By the early 1970s, one person was on the welfare rolls in New York City for every two working in the city's private economy."[8]

With the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act President Clinton established "a federal program of income redistribution," which culminated in "the end of welfare as we know it" where both Cloward and Piven attended the White House signing.


8 point plan for Socialism

The Cloward-Piven 8 point plan to implement Socialism

1) Healthcare– Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control– Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools

8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

10 Communist Rules for Revolution

A list of 'Communist Rules for Revolution' supposedly discovered by Allied in 1919 b(probably not true).

1. Corrupt the young, get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial. Destroy their ruggedness.
2. Get control of all means of publicity.
3. Get people’s minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books and other trivialities.
4. Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance.
5. Destroy the people’s faith in their natural leaders by holding the latter up to contempt, ridicule and obloquy.
6. Always preach true democracy, but seize power as fast and as ruthlessly as possible.
7. By encouraging government extravagance, destroy its credit and produce fear of inflation with rising prices and general discontent.
8. Foment unnecessary strikes in vital industries, encourage civil disorders, and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of government toward such disorders.
9. By specious argument cause the breakdown of the old moral virtues, honesty, sobriety, continence, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness.
10. Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with a view to confiscating them and leaving the populace helpless.


12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: by Jordan B. Peterson.

Outline of the book:

1. Stand up straight with your shoulders back
2. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping
3. Make friends with people who want the best for you
4. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
5. Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
6. Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
7. Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
8. Tell the truth – or, at least, don't lie
9. Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't
10. Be precise in your speech
11. Do not bother children when they are skateboarding
12. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

12 Radical rules of Christ

Early Christianity and the Church in the wilderness were both institutions of the God called The Way. They were an alternative form of government to the systems of Socialism of the world and their covetous practices and debt which make merchandise of men and curse their children in bondage. It was a way of love and sacrifice rather than Lasciviousness and selfishness, of forgiving and giving rather than force and taxation. The Living Network of record and the Church are here to help the people seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness in the practice of Pure Religion.

The way of Christ is The Way of righteousness which is radical to those who "with an appetite for benefits and the habit of receiving them by way of a rule of force and violence... having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others... until they degenerate again into perfect savages..."

If you truly love Jesus, who was the Christ, you will want to do what He said and you will not want to do what He said not to do. If your love for Him is not true love you will make excuses for why you do not have to do what He said and what the early Church was doing.

Here are just twelve things that cover many of the doctrines and ordinances of Jesus who was the Christ.

1. Repent
2. Seek the Kingdom of God because you love Him
3. Seek the righteousness of God in your relationships with others
4. Sit down in the tens, hundreds and thousands making no rulers your Benefactors.
5. Forgive that you may be forgiveness
6. Love as in charity one another as he loved us which included rebuke and sacrifice.
7. Love your neighbor and your enemy as your self. “If you love it, set it free.”
8. Keep the commandments if ye love Him and the Father
9. Judge not
10. Swear not
11. Keep your word, even when you are in bondage to the unrighteous mammon
12. Keep in faith persevering to the end.

If you are slothful and do not strive to follow these rules you may end up under tribute.

You may become merchandise if choose to covet your neighbor's goods through men who exercise authority.

You may become snared and curse children as a surety for debt.

God does not want to punish people with these rules or the Ten Commandments but is trying to teach people The Way of life.

To do contrary to the way of life or consent to having One purse is to run toward death.

To desire the wages of unrighteousness is to become workers of iniquity.

Wantonness may produce a long list of cause and effects which we may call punishments but the law is a gift and the spirit of the law giveth life.



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Footnotes

  1. William F. Buckley, Jr. (October 19, 1966). "The Fashionable Saul Alinsky – Trouble Maker". Chicago Daily News. For a transcription of Buckley's piece, see PDF pages 41 and 42 in this FBI file on Alinsky, released under FOIA.
  2. In his 1882 letter to Engels, Marx wrote, “You know very well where we found our idea of class struggle; we found it in the work of the French historians who talked about the race struggle.”
  3. Someone Machiavellian is sneaky, cunning, and lacking a moral code. The word comes from the Italian philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli, who wrote the political treatise The Prince in the 1500s, that encourages “the end justifies the means” behavior, especially among politicians.
  4. Beware the Useful Idiots, "A list reproduces Saul Alinsky's rules for "How to Create a Social State." is listed by Snopes as False but with no mention of the real sources of the 8 point plan which was Cloward or Piven their credibility as a source of truth is decidedly diminished. In February of 2019, I could find either Cloward or Piven mentioned anywhere on the Snopes website.
  5. The Road Not Taken. Brunner Routledge. pp. 144–146. ISBN 1-58391-025-5.
  6. Socialism is the religion you get when you lose your religion.”
  7. Living Wage Movement and the Voting Rights Movement(both supported by George Soros's Open Society Institute) and ACORN
  8. iACORN’s Nutty Regime for Cities by Sol Stern