Alinsky’s (Obama’s) tactics and a book recommendation

I have posted on Saul Alinksy‘s “Rules for Radicals” before. However, over at Etheldreda’s Place they were listed, and – at the bottom of that post – an interesting comment was added (go THERE to find it, and yes I am trying to drive some traffic over there, so just click it and get it over with).

In the meantime, here are the “Rules”, which were so well imbibed by Barack Obama as an Alinsky-ite “community organizer.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.
  • 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.
  • RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

And now a book recommendation.

First, this is a KINDLE book, only.  You don’t have to have a Kindle to read it, but you should have a Kindle anyway!  You can read Kindle books using an app on your phone or on your computer.

The book costs only $2.99.  The reading program is free.

Read Jerome Corsi’s

Saul Alinsky: The Evil Genius Behind Obama

Corsi does not want Pres. Obama to be reelected.  Many share that goal.  Corsi has also dug into the “birth certificate” question, and, surprisingly, the Shroud of Turin.  He likes hard questions.  Whatever your view of the birth certificate is – and I am NOT… NOT I repeat… going to allow this to run down that rabbit hole  – this book on Alinksy and Obama is worth your time.

Get your Kindle now and start reading more!

USA HERE (to the version I have)
UK HERE  (there are several choices of models)


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  1. Supertradmum says:

    Thanks for the book idea. I need to read that one. And, thanks for the plug…we do not have much time to speak the truth.

  2. gracie says:

    Do you ever feel that some of the things you read are frying your eyes?

    Saul Alinsky’s list is one of those things.

  3. SKAY says:

    Supertradmum–I appreciate Father Z suggesting a visit to your blog. For some reason I cannot
    post there-but I will be visiting often.

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