Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals

Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), atheist labor activist, has been a major influence in radicalizing generations of university students and in transforming the Democratic party. Hillary Clinton wrote her senior college thesis on Alinsky. Barack Obama taught workshops on the Alinsky method and spent four years as a community organizer in Chicago with the Developing Communities Project. Clinton and Obama followed the Alinsky method by working “within the established system” to stir up revolution from within. Alinsky’s 1971 Rules for Radicals begins with a shout out to Lucifer, “the first radical who rebelled against the establishment and did so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom.” In The Purpose, Alinsky wrote, “In this book we are concerned with how to create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people.” Other quotes from Rules for Radicals — “The disruption of the present organization is the first step toward community organization. Present arrangements must be disorganized if they are to be displaced by new patterns. All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new. An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent. The organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy, people are not concerned enough to act.” Alinsky praised America’s liberties and contrasted them with the totalitarianism of Marxist states. He did not advocate America’s overthrow, but Marxists are using his satanic methods of disruption and division and fanning hostilities for the nation’s destruction.

(Friday Church News Notes, October 28, 2022,,, 866-295-4143)

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