Alinsky's 12 rules for "radicals

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by Lori Mick, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. RULE 1: "Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have." Power is derived from 2 main sources - money and people. "Have-Nots" must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)

    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.)

    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.)

    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.)

    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.)
    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.)

    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.)

    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.)

    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.)

    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.)

    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.)

    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.)
  2. satellite66

    satellite66 New Member

    Oct 6, 2004
    Central NJ
    This is the media and liberals playbook. This is exactly what they are doing.

  3. It's so scary.
    I really want to leave the country. This country I have loved so much and to see all this turmoil just makes me crazy.
    I just don't understand why this need for greed and control makes people want to destroy good citizens because they believe in Life, Liberty and Happiness.
    It makes me really sad.:(
  4. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Me feet are staying planted till I'm planted. I ain't giving my Country to these ya-hoos with out a fight.

  5. 1shot1k

    1shot1k Former Guest

    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas

    Wel ,dont get too sad...and these are critical and true tactics you have posted and ARE the playbook rules for
    those who are against all we care about.

    But thats just it...the people do care ...but may God bless us all.....dont forget there is such a short attention span
    for the GEn public and people that sometimes it may seem noone cares...but they do.

    The power hungry / self seeking agenda wings can pull some things off...but time and effect will catch up to them , as it has in the past and I believe it will in our near future...especially with caring and truth seeking individuals such as yourself.

    I always enjoy your post's , but usually see them at night and early AM...( lurking with the other old knockturnal crowd )....:p

    keep it up...your concern shows but dont be too sad..or get too mad...."they" will revel in having used two of your strongest attitudes against you.....

    true post from you as usual.....keep up the good work....:p:p:p:p:p :cool:
  6. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Left Coast
    Just reading the 12 Rules themselves, they sound like they could be entitled "12 Rules for Playground Bullies." Find your target, find his weakness, chip away at him using ridicule; use his own rules against him, wear him down, etc., etc. And sadly, they are getting their predicted emotional responses, which just spurs them on.

    If we (conservatives) don't respond as a united, wise, intelligent, well-organized group, then our emotion-driven, unorganized, sporadic responses will work against us. The concept of "divide and conquer" comes to mind...and we can't afford that.

    So...what are OUR "12 Rules for Conservatives"? We know what we stand for; we know what's right for our country (the Constitution) but as the one being bullied, we're so busy reacting and responding to attacks on every front, are we able to take a breather and get our collective act together?
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2009
  7. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Akron, Ohio
    I personally witnessed the rules in action many years ago and I can say without question they are applied diligently. There is one more "rule" which is used in conjunction with the rest: Lie. It's as simple as that. Lie about facts, manufacture statistics, and make up characters and incidents. Truth doesn't matter as long as you present an air of confidence and knowledgibility. Winning the argument and convincing others is all that counts. The end justifies the means.

    An interesting note about the rules that many do not know. Saul Alinsky in the original publication of "Rules for Radicals" dedicated the book "To the original revolutionary, Satan". This was printed in the original edition but was omitted in subsequent editions.
  8. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Akron, Ohio
    I paraphrased concerning Alinsky's book dedication in my last post. Here is the actual dedication as it was printed in the book:

    “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.”
  9. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Left Coast
    How fitting...Lucifer, the Chief Liar.

    We are not fighting against flesh and blood, really, are we? There are human efforts at work behind Obama, of course: ACORN, Ayers, Soro, etc. But they pale in comparison with the supernatural "powers that be" who are more than happy to have their agenda furthered.

    To those who don't believe as I do, I'm sure I sound like a loon. But with everything in me, I believe this is more a spiritual battle than anything else. I take comfort in knowing that NOTHING is a surprise to God, and His power and authority trumps all.

    I will fight for what's right because that's my privilege and duty. But the end of the story has been written, and the LIBERALS DON'T WIN!!!
  10. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    4Evr, it is an honor to be thought a "loon" by those who are ignorant by choice.

    I was ridiculed on the airways by a talk show host in 1993 during our campaign against the "It's a Crime, Bill." I took facts and cause / effect studies to him personally, in the form of my newsletter, for several months. He ended up, to his great surprise, being a gun owner, an advocate for the Second Amendment, an avid shooter and an occasional substitute for Rush Limbaugh. I won't take credit for any of that except his decision to go pistol shooting with me for the first time.

    We can win. One at a time and with effort. It is worth the effort to get one enemy of the Constitution turned to the Bright Side. Each one makes a difference.

  11. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Left Coast
    Kudos to you, Pops, for your diligence and success in the above-mentioned story! And as for being a loon...well...I'm apparently in good company :)

    Perseverance, even when feeling defeated, will pay off. Thanks for the encouragement, Pops
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2009
  12. You basically touch on your own answer 4Evr; those of us who believe in liberty and limited government already essentially have our "12 Rules for Conservatives" in the form of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Federalist Papers, the Lincoln's speeches and debates with Stephen Douglas and in the writings of people like Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, etc….

    The problem we face as a "revolutionary" movement is that conservative philosophy is "set-up" (for lack of better word) to govern a free people. The problem they face is that Alinsky's "12 Rules for Radicals" has no provision for governance, only agitation. Once left wing radicals gain power, as they have on the national level, the only thing they know how to do is continue agitating, and this quickly turns to tyranny. Unfortunately, their problem, by default, is also our problem.
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