Saul Alinsky was an activist, organizer, and author. Often, he dismissed the naivety and idealism of the 1960s protest movement. He became a communist agitator with harmful influence for decades.
He refused to define his political ideals. His worldview was “the haves,” “the have-a-little-want-mores,” and “the have-nots.” He called upon the “have-nots” to rebel against “the haves.” He told them to seize wealth and power. Thus, creating an “equal” society, destroying the existing social system.
Alinsky poured praise on communist dictators. He also declared allegiance to the devil. In his book Rules for Radicals, he said:
“Lest we forget . . . the very first radical: . . . 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.”
In Rules for Radicals, Alinsky taught his methods of community organizing to gain power. These rules include:
- “keep the pressure on”;
- “the threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself”;
- “ridicule is man’s most potent weapon”;
- and “pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
Saul Alinsky Tactics
The nature of Alinsky’s rules became clear. In 1972, US Ambassador George H. W. Bush gave a speech at Tulane University. Anti-war students sought advice from Alinsky. He told them that protesting would get them expelled. Instead, he thus suggested they dress in Ku Klux Klan costumes. Whenever Bush defended the war, they cheered and stood up with placards that said, “The KKK Supports Bush.” It was a masterful example of deceptive propaganda.
In 1964, Saul Alinsky planned to get 2,500 activists to occupy the toilets in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. This would bring a busy airport to a grinding halt. When authorities learned about the plan, they negotiated with Alinsky. The protest never took place.
Alinsky used a similar tactic in Rochester, New York. His client was a black organization called FIGHT. They wanted to represent blacks at Kodak. Alinsky knew that Kodak officers attended the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Alinsky purchased one hundred tickets for his activists. He planned to provide them a banquet of baked beans to ruin the performance with flatulence. Alinsky’s tactics forced Kodak to submit to his demands.
Saul Alinsky was a charismatic but ruthless individual. His “community organizing” was a form of gradual revolution. However, he differed from his forerunners in several ways.
Alinsky: Organize for Power
First, both the Old and the New Left were idealistic in their rhetoric. Alinsky stripped the “revolution” as a naked power struggle. When he trained community organizations, he routinely asked: “Why organize?” Some said to help others. Alinsky roared back, “You want to organize for power!” His training manual said: “We are really cowards for not wanting power,” because “power is good … [and] powerlessness is evil.”
Alinsky: Subvert from the Inside
Second, Alinsky didn’t think much of the public rebellion of youth in the ’60s. He thought they should enter the system and subvert from the inside.
Alinsky: Destroy the Norm
Third, Alinsky’s goal was to destroy the norm. But he hid his purpose from community groups whose goals were reasonable. Why? Because it is easier to mobilize people to act with radical plans.
One disciple said: “The issue is never the issue; the issue is always the revolution.” The Left used social issues to incite dissatisfaction with the status quo. Thus, advancing the revolutionary cause.
Alinsky: Attack the Enemy
Fourth, Alinsky turned politics into guerrilla war. He taught organizers to attack the enemy’s senses. First, storm their eyes. Organize mass demonstrations to show your power. Second, invade their ears. If you are small, raise a clamor to make them think your organization is larger than it is. Third, offend the nose. If your organization is too tiny for noise, stink up the place.
Alinsky: Subvert the Social Order
Fifth, Alinsky told his organizers to use laziness, greed, envy, and hatred. To subvert the social order, Alinsky led his followers to moral bankruptcy.
Saul Alinsky died in 1972. Yet, his influence still infects our country. Two of his disciples, Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama, have subverted American traditions and values. Classic Alinsky tactics are evident: Occupy Wall Street, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, etc.
Where did this hatred of American values and liberty come from?
Two of Alinsky’s statements reveal the source. In Rules for Radicals, Alinsky acknowledged “the first radical — Lucifer.” In an interview with Playboy, Alinsky said hell was “my kind of people.”
If America is to remain free, American must refuse political correctness and assert freedom of speech rights. Americans need to think for themselves and stop blindly accepting whatever someone says. Everyone needs respect all races, black, brown, and white. Americans need to stop shouting and demonizing races.
Patriotic Americans need to proclaim loudly: “We’re not taking this anymore!”
The Left will slander us. As Thomas Jefferson said: “I prefer dangerous liberty over peaceful slavery.” It’s time to throw off the shackles of globalism and communism.