Friday, January 29, 2010
Alansky: Part III: Where Obama got his 'Playbook.'
Ok sports fans, I've heard from some that the first Alinsky piece was just a little to long to get through and the 2nd installment is also living a lonely life, SO... Here's a Succienct, Short & Sweet, Down & Dirty, Joe Friday: "Just the facts ma'am" version for all you 'time-challenged' conservatives who want to know what makes Obama tick; there are eleven (11, or XI to you Roman cats) basic tenets (SOP's or Standard Operating Proceedures to you fellow military/veteran-types out there) to Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals listed below.
In 1971, Saul Alinsky penned his treatise on grassroots organizing titled 'Rules for Radicals.' Many on the left, who are uncomfortable with it, view Alinsky's approach as too aggressive. However to many diehard socialists RFR serves as their Operations Manual on tactics and minipulation of the masses.
According to Alinsky, the organizer — especially a paid organizer from outside — must first overcome suspicion and establish credibility. Next the organizer must begin the task of agitating: rubbing resentments, fanning hostilities, and searching out controversy. This is necessary to get people to participate. An organizer has to attack apathy and disturb the prevailing patterns of complacent community life where people have simply come to accept a bad situation. Alinsky would say, “The first step in community organization is community disorganization.”
Through a process combining hope and resentment, the organizer tries to create a “mass army” that brings in as many recruits as possible from local organizations, churches, services groups, labor unions, corner gangs, and individuals.
While Alinsky provided a collection of rules to guide the process, he emphasized that in order for these rules to be translated into real-life tactics, they must be fluid and responsive (ie, Situationally-Flexable) to the task, or goal at hand.
Alinsky's '11 Rules for Radicals:
Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.
Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people.
The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”
Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”
Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.
Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”
Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.
According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”
Mark's Notes: Hmmm, sound like anyone we know? Please cut/paste article, or my blog link to all your conservative friends who need to know what Obama's methods are. As Sun Tzu stated in the 'Art of War,' "Before one can plan to defeat one's enemy, one must first KNOW one's enemies methods." Saul Alinsky wrote the book that not only Obama, but the Clinton's and many of Obama's inner circle use to carry out their plans. I would appreciate your joining my blog as 'Followers' as well. Press On, Mark