Who was Saul Alinsky and why does he matter?

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Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has referred to Barack Obama as a “Saul Alinsky radical” whose values run counter to those of America’s founders.

Who was Saul Alinsky?

What was his message?

What influence did it have on Obama?

Saul Alinsky

    – Identified a set of very specific rules that ordinary citizens could follow, and tactics that ordinary citizens could employ, as a means of gaining public power

    – Created a blueprint for revolution under the banner of “social change”

    – Two of his most notable modern-day disciples are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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January 25, 2012 | 4 Comments »

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  1. Is there any objective information on Alinsky out there? All I know for certain is that the US government has adopted him as the figurehead for it’s officially sponsored ‘anti government’ movement.

    Thus, if he ever stood for anything good, he’d likely be spinning in his grave if he could see the US State Department constantly co-opting him for its agenda.

  2. Alinsky was bright, but so ignorant that it makes my head spin. As an analogy, he was able to master the art of making hard-boiled eggs, but knew nothing of a chef’s art and skills. He was a quintessential technocrat, capable of applying a set of skills. Any truth outside his tiny dirty corner was ignored. The very idea that perennial war was a goal worth pursuing makes Alinsky and his followers worth defeating.

  3. “Alinsky never joined the Communist Party but instead became an avatar of the post-modern left.

    Like other post-modern leftists he understood that there was something deeply flawed in the Communist outlook, but like them he never really examined what those flaws might be — in particular never interrogated the Marxist view of society and human nature, or its connection to the epic crimes that Marxists had committed.

    Instead, Alinsky identified the problem as “dogmatism” and the solution as “political relativism.”

    The Alinsky radical has one principle — to take power from the so-called Haves and give it to the so-called Have-nots.

    What this amounts to, we shall see, is a political nihilism (Rules for Radicals, p. 110) — a destructive assault on the established order in the name of the “people,” which delivers power (and wealth) into the hands of a radical elite and makes them feel good about themselves in the process”

    So you Ted Belman decide to run this.

    So then clarify what is meant by above especially the “Marxist view of society and human nature”

    Having introduced it you owe readers of Israpundit a clarification on that. There is more but we have to start somewhere.