Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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  1. fossten

    fossten Dedicated LVC Member

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    Whenever foxpaws starts using these Alinsky tactics, it's effective to point them out. Here's the list.

    Tactics

    1. "Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have."

    2. "Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat.... [and] the collapse of communication.

    3. "Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

    4. "Make the enemy live up to its 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."

    5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."

    6. "A good tactic is one your people enjoy."

    7. "A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time...."

    8. "Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose."

    9. "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself."

    10. "The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign."

    11. "If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside... every positive has its negative."

    12. "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative."

    13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
     
  2. foxpaws

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    Shouldn't someone sticky this - just in case it gets lost...
     
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    Thanks for bumping...
     
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    I think #6 is the fav of these lilylivered leftwingnuts. They really enjoy tearing people apart like they did Sarah Palin. But what they failed to see was that she stood her ground and made them look like fools. Isn't it amazing that the people who scream the loudest for tolerance are the most intolerant people out there?
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