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Rules for Radicals
By: Rev. Pierre Bynum
March 9, 2017
March 9, 2017
Dear Praying Friends,
David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and an
editor of Ramparts Magazine.
Years later and somewhat wiser, he founded the
It is no secret that Saul
Alinsky's manual for "community organizers"—Rules for Radicals—exerted
immeasurable influence over the world's most recognized community organizer,
President Barack Obama. Below are six "rules" that Saul Alinsky, the Godfather
of community organizing, packed in his famous book, rules Obama wholly believed
and taught to his students at
(1) Politics is all about power relations, but to advance one's power, one must couch one's positions in the language of morality. Community organizers are "political realists" who "see the world as it is: an arena of power politics moved primarily by perceived immediate self-interests, where morality is rhetorical rationale for expedient action and self-interest" (12).
(2) There are only three kinds of people in the world: rich and powerful oppressors, the poor and disenfranchised oppressed, and the middle-class whose apathy perpetuates the status quo. "The world ... consists of but three kinds of people: "the Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Have-a-Little, Want Mores." The Haves, resist the "change" necessary to relieve the Have-Nots of their suffering (18). He calls the middle class "Do nothings," and as resistant to change as the Haves.
(3) Change is brought about through relentless agitation and "trouble making" of a kind that radically disrupts society as it is. Since neither the middle nor upper classes have his passion for radical change, the organizer must "stir up dissatisfaction and discontent." He must "agitate to the point of conflict," "dramatize...injustices" and engage in "'trouble making' by stirring up... angers, frustrations, and resentments" (117) that will hasten "disorganization of the old and organization of the new" (116). He should introduce as much "confusion" and "fear" as possible (127).
(4) There can be no conversation between the organizer and his opponents. The latter must be depicted as being evil. "You don't communicate with anyone purely on the rational facts or ethics of an issue" (89). "Moral rationalization is indispensable," (43) the organizer must "clothe" his goals and strategies with "moral arguments" (36). No conversation with one's opponents. To converse with them is to humanize them. "Men will act when they are convinced that their cause is 100 per cent on the side of the angels and that the opposition [is] 100 per cent on the side of the devil." "There can be no action until issues are polarized to this degree" (130).
(5) The organizer can never focus on just a single issue. He must move inexhaustibly from one issue to the next. The organizer "must develop multiple issues" (76, 78). "A single issue is a fatal strait jacket that...drastically limits" the organizer's "appeal," but "multiple issues...draw in...many potential members essential to the building of a broad, mass-based organization" (120). "Keep the action going" by "constantly cutting new issues so that by the time the enthusiasm and the emotions for one issue de-escalate, a new issue has emerged" (161).
(6) Taunt one's opponents to the point that they label you a "dangerous enemy" of "the establishment." Finally, in order "to put the organizer on the side of the people, to identify him with the Have-Nots," it is imperative that he "maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a 'dangerous enemy'" (100).
The administration faces a formidable, organized movement that will persist in using tried revolutionary strategies and tactics to undermine the new president. The liberal press is marching in lockstep. But an army of praying men and women -- far more devoted than paid stooges used to tear down our Republic -- will plead with God to subdue every scheme to overthrow our nation! Prevailing prayer and responsible action are the "Standard" God will use (Is 59:19b) (Jack Kerwick, Front Page Magazine, April, 2013; Download: Horowitz, Rules for Revolution).