Skip to comments.Saul Alinsky's rules and Liberal media tactics
Posted on 07/30/2009 5:55:36 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
Are you familiar with Saul Alinsky's rules? Take Rule 5 for example. Ridicule. So what do you see in the liberal media? Stuff like this in local media, and then you'll see stuff like this in the national media.
Look like ridicule to you?
Or take rule 4. Making your enemy live up to his own rules. How many times you seen liberal politicians crow about draining swamps, or culture of corruption and the media goes right along with them? How many promises has Obama broken? Haven't seen much of a showing from the media on this, have you. How many times do you see journalists play the hypocrisy card against conservatives but not against liberals? The hypocrisy card is not only rule 4, but also rule 5.
Take rule 12 for example. Remember the media's zeal to go after Jack Abramoff? He's not the only fund raiser they've attacked.(though Abramoff at least had it coming because he was shady) You ever seen that kind of large scale media attack on George Soros? Jeff Immelt?(who makes huge donations via media, not $)
You might find this to be a fun exercise, if you watch, read, or listen to liberal media. Print out these rules, and as you're going through the motions, keep reading the rules. It's right there on your TV.
Read the rules, then read the first page of the newspaper. Read the rules, then the second page. Read the rules, then the third page.
You shouldn't be the kind of conservative who asks yourself why republicans are so weak and so afraid all the time. Deep down, you know the answer to that question.
RULE 1: "Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have." Power is derived from 2 main sources - money and people. "Have-Nots" must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)
RULE 2: "Never go outside the expertise of your people." It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don't address the "real" issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)
RULE 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.)
RULE 4: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules." If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity's very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
RULE 5: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." There is no defense. It's irrational. It's infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)
RULE 6: "A good tactic is one your people enjoy." They'll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They're doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid "un-fun" activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)
RULE 7: "A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag." Don't become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)
RULE 8: "Keep the pressure on. Never let up." Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)
RULE 9: "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself." Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists' minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)
RULE 10: "If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive." Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management's wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)
RULE 11: "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative." Never let the enemy score points because you're caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)
RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
Here’s another link outlining Alinsky’s rules, and background info.
Sounds like journalism 101 to me. Not traditional journalism mind you. But MSNBCism, and CBS and NYT and any other you can think of.
Who here remembers Gotcha Gibson staring down his nose and glasses at Sarah?
Was that ridicule?
Alright, we get it. Now, who is developing the Rules for Counter-Radicals?
Rule 4 is why most liberals have no moral compass.
Alright, we get it. Now, who is developing the Rules for Counter-Radicals?
As if these "rules" meant anything.
Has this "Alinsky" methodology ever been shown to actually WORK?
-————Alright, we get it. Now, who is developing the Rules for Counter-Radicals?-——————
Talk radio, bloggers, and people like you and I.
I got another one for you:
The 9.12 Project Network: We Surround Them!
————I see more and more of folks referencing Alinsky’s “rules” and purporting that Obama or the left are using this one or that one.
As if these “rules” meant anything.-————
That may miss the point.
-—————Has this “Alinsky” methodology ever been shown to actually WORK?-——————
I can’t think of very many elected officials who have actively and openly attacked the liberal media besides Sarah Palin. Can you?
Again, the question I asked in the original posting.
Do you wonder why republicans act so cowardly all the time? It’s the media.
Oh, and one more thing. Who’s president right now?
Is that one of the Alinsky rules? I thought they were used by the left. What is your point?
Do you wonder why republicans act so cowardly all the time? Its the media.
Again, what does that have to do with Alinsky?
Oh, and one more thing. Whos president right now?
If you don't know, I ain't gonna tell ya.
Reprinted with Permission:
Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and how they can work for us.
This is a preliminary draft. The article may be further elaborated upon with new and pertinent additions.
These are the Rules for Radicals developed by Saul Alinsky with the purpose of establishing strategies to fight against the democratically elected governments and the free market corporations. These rules are very effective. But, ironically, the same rules can be used today by conservative patriots to fight against a socialist/communist government that is creeping into America. See how you can identify and use these rules for our cause:
RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”
The Tea Parties have given a hint to the government of who we are, and what we stand for. But we know we have something that they dont, we have something that they dont think or believe we have, and that is: resolve. We cannot afford to lose this battle because if we do, two or more generations after us will suffer dire consequences. We have no excuse to be idle and do nothing or do not enough. Can you imagine your children and your childrens children staring at you and pointing a finger at you saying you could have done something about it and you didnt. Do we have what it takes to fight for us, for our children, for our country, for our Constitution? We must show and display that we are fighting a battle we cannot afford to lose. Or everything is lost. Here lies our strength and our motivation.
Does the government know the power we have? I am not sure it does, otherwise, it would either listen to what w have to say or take drastic measures to counterbalance our numbers and powers.
On the other hand, do we know what power the government has? We have seen so far mainly executive and legislative power. But is it this all the government rely upon to balance our position or they have powers that we are still unaware of? Where do the military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies stand. These and other questions must be answered if we are to have a real and convincing idea who and what we stand against.
RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”
Fortunately, ours is not a small organization or group. There are millions of Americans willing to engage in this battle for the return or our nation on the path laid out by our Forefathers. There is plenty of talent and expertise, plenty of knowledge and information. If we sum it all up, we have a superior advantage upon our adversaries. And because of all this, we can concentrate our efforts on many fronts at once with the advantage on our side. But we must make sure that talent, expertise and experience is properly and effectively motivated to join our ranks and become actively involved.
RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”
Our adversaries may be experts in their fields. But they are not experts in all fields. That is where we must concentrate our efforts: identify and exploit their weaknesses. And there are plenty of them. After all, they are humans too, and they can also feel insecure, anxious, uncertain, disoriented, confused. When we manage to bring them out in the field and play by our rules, we take them away from where they feel comfortable and secure and disrupt their wicked works. It will not be easy to engage the adversaries while they dwell in their comfortable and secure zone. And bringing them out will take ingenuity and smart tactics. But we have the means and talent to do it, and do it effectively.
RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
The Constitution must and should always be the rule by which we must demand our adversaries to abide by. There is no room for interpretations and diversion from the clear articles and amendments. We must know the rules, we must know the Constitution by heart, we must be relentless in bringing up the rules and make them live and act accordingly. Refusal to do so will place them in an uncomfortable situation that will make them weaker and weaker. If we manage to make them aware that the rules are there for them to follow and obey, they have one of two options: obey them or be removed. There are constitutional means by which we the people can hold our representatives and senators accountable for not honoring the oath of office they took when they were sworn in. And, based on the relentless and irresonsible manner in which our Constitution has been manipulated and distorted, even ignored thus far, we must take clear and concise action to stop them from doing more damage to our Country that what they have already done. The Law is on our side and we must find the proper way to enforce it.
RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
Every person has his or her weaknesses. Whenever possible, bring them up in the open, expose them and make them feel embarrassed and guilty. They are hurting us at a personal level through all the policies and measures that takes away our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. So, we must take things personally, and return the favor personally. There is no defense against being publicly ridiculed and embarrassed. It causes the most balanced person to lose control and say or make things that will go against him. An angry person acts impulsively and says and makes mistakes that will hurt him or his position or agenda. A fearful person acts irrationally and is easily pushed into a position of making concessions. Our adversarys weakness is our strength.
RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
The Tea Parties have been to a certain point very enjoyable. People of all races, creeds and ages have gathered together in a manner in which they enjoyed mutual company and enjoyed the goal of their actions. American people are very creative and can make any rally or demonstration an enjoyable while effective activity. And the memories will encourage them to come back for more. There is plenty of talent and expertise to bring into the movement new ways of doing things.
RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”
We must do whatever in our power to continue the pressure and gain more and more momentum. And we must do it in a manner that will make us enjoy it. There are plenty of ideas and imagination to bring new and more exciting ways to motivate us to continue the fight and do it in a manner that will encourage us to go for more.
RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”
The April 15 Tea Parties have already become part of American history. But we cannot leave it to the history alone. We must continue to mobilize and keep the pressure on. We have gained momentum and must keep it going forward. There are other national rallies in the works, one on the 4th of July, and another in September. But in the meantime, we must organize smaller, more localized rallies and demonstrations, with focused and concentrated messages and demands. City Halls, Sheriffs Departments, Police Departments, Boards of Educations, are all valid places where we must gather in front of, and make a stand. I have suggested that every weekend from now on should be used for constant and continuous gatherings and rallies. Many people who have no idea what is going on will approach, and if we have a clear message, they will join and become new allies.
RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
Our adversaries know what our goal is. But they cannot ascertain our resolve in going after it. They believe that they have the power and the means to demoralize us and disband any rally or demonstration. They may, here and there, but they cannot be everywhere at the same time. So, we have the advantage of being a decentralized and well spread movement that can make it very difficult to control. One large gathering in one place can easily be disbanded. But hundreds or thousands of smaller activities are hard to impossible to subdue.
RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”
We must not fear repercussions. We must stand firm and not give up. Any attempts by the authorities to deprive us from our constitutional right to peacefully assemble, will gain sympathy to our cause and ad numbers to our flanks. We must be consistent and firm while peaceful and orderly. We must not fear infiltrations from our adversaries with the purpose to cause disorder and chaos, because if it happens, will bring more attention to our just cause. And that is something that our adversaries will try to avoid as much as possible.
RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
Contingency plans and alternative gatherings and rallies must be put in place. If one movement is disrupted or disbanded, we must have a predetermined alternative rallying point. We cannot lose momentum because we neglected to take into consideration the possibility of a failed or disbanded effort. All participants must be informed of alternative places of gathering and instructions must be followed. Churches or places of worship can become effective and active centers for organizing and directing the masses. Christians of all denominations must be encouraged to get involved and become active. After all, it this is also a battle for our freedom of worship, and if we fail, we all fail, including Christians. Church leaders must be willing to sacrifice their tax exempt status that keeps or prevents them from becoming politically active. If we are to accept the statistics, over 80% of the American population confesses to be Christian. That would project a number of approximately 240 million Americans. This is a force to really be reckoned with if we manage to convince them that America belongs to them too, and if we lose our battle, they will lose too by their inaction. Forget about organized religion in America which is an instrument in the hands of our adversaries. The Church as an organized body has prostituted itself with the government in exchange of money and tax exemptions. We must approach and get the local churches involved.
RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
Our efforts must be focused and concentrated on specific demands and protests. Our adversaries must know well what we stand for and what we demand. Posters and signs must be consistent with the purpose of the gathering. The size, colors and styles used can vary and bring variety, but the message must be clear and concise. Nothing can hurt us more than hundreds of signs and posters each saying or demanding something different.
Organizers must produce fliers describing our situation and our struggle. These fliers then must be posted on line and every person having a computer, a printer and an internet connection can then download the flier and make as many prints as they can afford. These fliers, in turn, must be distributed as widely as possible, everywhere. We have the potential of printing millions and millions of fliers and distribute them in our neighborhoods, on the street corners, in parks and other public places. We can flood the country with patriotic messages and calls to become active in saving our Nation from the clutches of the Globalist agenda which is aiming at imposing in America a system of government that is totally anti American and anti Constitutional.
We have been pushed by our government beyond the point of no return, because we have nothing to return to other than total domination by a socialist/communist/fascist system of government that will affect several generations of Americans. This system has failed in every place or instance where it was instituted, and will fail again. But we can stop it now before it grabs all of our freedoms, or let the burden to our children and childrens children. History will judge America not for what her enemies did to her, but for what we the people failed to do when America called us into action. America belongs to Americans, and as long as there is even one man left standing to fight, America will survive. This great country was given to us by God Himself, and only God will take it away from us. Not men.
You’ve gotta keep the context of what’s being said.
————Is that one of the Alinsky rules?-—————
I posted the rules for you to see.
-—————What is your point?——————
My point is that republicans cower in fear and there’s a reason why. They’ve been alinsky’d by the media.
-———— Again, what does that have to do with Alinsky?—————
Why didn’t you read what I typed? I tied the two together in an easy to understand manner.
You are correct! I'll bet this thread - an important one - isn't "bumped" every 5 minutes ...
If you want to bump people to it, by all means. grab a ping list from someone if you can and use it.
I don’t mind if you spread it around, cut and paste. I care nothing for taking credit. I just want to stop these people cold in their tracks. They’re doing way too much damage.
Far too much of these things are connected, yet nobody connects them.
And yeah - his ideas work. Alinsky and Obama lived in the same neighborhood and Hyde Park is infused with Alinsky’s methods - it's the mother's milk of modern liberal radicals.
Hillary Clinton wrote here thesis on Alinsky. He was THE MOST influential thinker of the modern left. That said, Alinsky wrote for the powerless to confront the powerful - and in today's world the powerful and corrupt are the liberals. I don't believe Alinsky would have sided with an entrenched Establishment - like what the democrats are today... he was actually a nice person.
I wonder how many people know Bernie Matoff was a huge Democrat fund raiser and contributor?
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