Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Rules for Radicals

The 13 Main Alinsky Tactics

Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
Never go outside the experience of your people.
Whenever possible go outside the experience of the enemy.
Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
Keep the pressure on with different tactics, and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Rule #14 told to me personally in my Ann Arbor apt. in '69 where he was my houseguest:
"Dare to cheat, dare to win."
Mark Rudd

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