Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky is, along with Thomas Paine, Henry George, and Dorothy Day, one of the great American leaders of the nonsocialist left.

Especially interesting to see what his method is. At first glance it seems to me a very creative and innovative approach to "taking your responsability as citizen seriously". For those who participate in party politics or would like to support democratisation abroad it might give some tools.

A quote "The establishment can accept being screwed, but not being laughed at. What bugs them most about me is that unlike humorless radicals, I have a hell of a good time doing what I'm doing."

"The Prince" was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power."rules for Radicals" is written for the Have-Nots how to take it away. In this book Alinsky is concerned with how to create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people taking the credo of the Spanish Civil War as a summary of revolution: "Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees".

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were highly influenced by Alinsky you can
read in an article on the Obama website . Also an interesting article by Diane Alden on "compromising the conservative movement"

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