Rules for Radicals, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (8 ratings)

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
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  • Category: Political ideologies
  • ISBN: 9780679721130

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A fascinating book for those who are looking to take a leadership role within an organization. A word to the wise, though: trying these tactics and loosing might be fun but can be dangerous. This book spells out sure-fired ways for upsetting the establishment -- which is the point -- but if you loose, the establishment (ie the people who currently have the power and influence) will hate you. But don't be shy. Make a good plan, find allies and fight them to the death! (political death, that is)...

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A must read for anyone interested in politics. Mr. Alinsky elitism, narcissism and contempt of America and the "American Experiment" is evident through out his treatise. He explains in detail the methodology of the 'Progressive Movement' and it's ultimate goal of completely destroying the American middle class.In one chapter he councils students complaining about a colleges strict rules of conduct to march on the administration building and spit chewing gum on the sidewalks in order to intimidate the administration to relax the rules. Why not simply advise the students to transfer en-mass to a university of their liking, thus putting financial pressure on the administration? Mr. Alinsky prefers anarchy to rational behavior. Or, daddy wouldn't pay their tuition? Me thinks both!!

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So this is the infamous Rules for Radicals. Believed by some on the far right as the Gospel according to St. Stalin of the Church of Satanic-Marxism-Leninism.<br/><br/>To be fair, it does hold interesting discussions of community organization, communication, across class and racial bounds to demand reform. Something which will upset conservatives, naturally, as they prefer for things to stay the same, or changed more slowly. There is much valuable to be learned here, for both left and right. <br/><br/>The big gripe is his discussion of ends and means, and his ultra-pragmatic view of them, and avocation of any tactic necessary. If one is in a position of lesser monetary power or political connections, you may well fight like this. It is perhaps the only way to win.<br/><br/>Of course, any good little boy or girl who has read their Robert Caro (or god forbid, entered the system) knows that power and power struggles are everything in politics. Everybody uses these ugly tactics, from socialists to reactionaries. The moral element in politics is either a covering, a fools errand, or a reserved for visionaries and prophets, whether deranged or true. But even Christ said, "I come not to bring peace, but a sword". I accept it, but I do not pretend to love it.<br/><br/>And what happens to the radical or the organizer once they gain power? Shall the revolutionary become the tyrant? Of course, power struggles are always an ugly thing. If I ever decide to go into politics for good, I will refer to this book almost biblically, and then delete this review.

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3

This book was unsettling, but educational. Looking at how to institute real change, not just talk about it, needs a single-mindedness that may be beyond me. Glad I read it, though.

Review by
4

Interesting to say the least.I approached this book with a bit of trepidation wondering what in here was so amazing that people are clamoring to it. When you read this it is important to keep two things in mind. 1 - much of what is in here was extremely effective in the past. 2 - since many of these tactics are out of popular use today they can be used again and have the same impact.There is much to learn here on how to create and how to defend from radicals. Mr. Alinsky points out how to do much of this from the liberal side of the political spectrum but there is nothing that could not be adapted to any other political faction.

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