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    Saul Alinsky's Rules For Radicals

    Saul Alinsky was a brilliant man. Evil, but brilliant. Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, everyone on the Left from the President on down is playing by his rules in the political arena. Not all liberals have read his book or know his name, but his tactics have become universal. Sadly for conservatives, when two evenly matched forces go head-to-head outside of a fairy tale, the side that tries to play nice usually ends up with its head in a box. So, don't lie or become an evil person like Alinsky, but learn from what he wrote and give the Left a taste of its own medicine.
    Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people.
    …The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
    …the fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
    …the fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
    …the sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
    …the seventh rule is: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
    …the eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.
    …the ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
    The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
    …The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
    …The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
    …The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. — Rules for Radicals
    More at: https://townhall.com/columnists/john...berals-n917872
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Saul Alinsky was a brilliant man. Evil, but brilliant. Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, everyone on the Left from the President on down is playing by his rules in the political arena. Not all liberals have read his book or know his name, but his tactics have become universal. Sadly for conservatives, when two evenly matched forces go head-to-head outside of a fairy tale, the side that tries to play nice usually ends up with its head in a box. So, don't lie or become an evil person like Alinsky, but learn from what he wrote and give the Left a taste of its own medicine.
    Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people.
    …The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
    …the fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
    …the fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
    …the sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
    …the seventh rule is: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
    …the eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.
    …the ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
    The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
    …The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
    …The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
    …The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. — Rules for Radicals
    More at: https://townhall.com/columnists/john...berals-n917872
    He was cynical, and therefore weak, as are those who subscribe to this perfidious world views and methods.
    Through lives and lives shalt thou pay, O' king.

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    Yep, and if people who are pro-liberty would use his tactics we would be gaining ground over the statists. Tactics are ideologically neutral. They work for the bad guys, they can work for us, if only we had the stomach and will to use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
    He was cynical, and therefore weak, as are those who subscribe to this perfidious world views and methods.
    Not all of his methods are weak or particularly cynical and we need to be aware and guard against those that we wouldn't want to use ourselves.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Not all of his methods are weak or particularly cynical and we need to be aware and guard against those that we wouldn't want to use ourselves.
    I wrote HE was weak. His methods are rock-solid in the finest Machiavellian tradition.
    Through lives and lives shalt thou pay, O' king.

    "It’s just interesting to note how constant government oppression can kill people’s fighting spirit." - Withur We




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