Curtis Dahlgren
The Saul Alinsky/George Soros "Rules for Radicals"; not funny anymore!
By Curtis Dahlgren
May 18, 2011

"Despite what some in the press may say, we who are proud to call ourselves 'conservative' are not a minority of a minority party; we are part of the great majority of Americans of both major parties and of most of the independents as well." — Ronald Reagan (1977)

MEMO TO DEMOCRATS: The Reagan Era is not over, but the era of Harry Truman is definitely over. By that I mean your party has been taken over by the radicals, the disciples of Saul Alinsky. That party and the "People" are moving in opposite directions.

MEMO TO CONSERVATIVES: The Tea Party has united the three portions of the population Reagan spoke about, and your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to stop preaching to the choir and start preaching to the "preachers" (and your formerly "Democratic" friends and relatives). This may be our last chance. For example, 47 percent of Detroiters are illiterate, so the radicals almost have us right where they want us (almost but not QUITE!). All we have to do is pull together on the old "eveners."

The "old lions" of the GOP, the RINOs, have become pussycats. If there is an election next year, the only way the Prez could win another term is if the GOP snatches defeat out of the jaws of victory again. Sarah Palin nearly won it for McCain, but he spent more time attacking her than attacking Oboma. Something like a Pawlenty-Daniels ticket would be like another Dole-McCain ticket ("serious" but dysfunctional). And it's not funny anymore!

Well, Monday was another typical Monday. Rahm Emmanuel became mayor of Chicago and the federal government hit the debt ceiling — again! You know, when a business makes a mistake, it suffers consequences; when the government makes tons of mistakes, it puts off the consequences! There's no "glass ceiling" in business anymore, but that thing called overhead goes on forever. CEOs have to deal with it, whether they're male or female, but thanks to radical protesters, we have yet to see the government make any real "cuts." Uncle Sam's credit card is about to be cut into two pieces.

I said I was going to write some more about gasoline prices this week, but I received a free copy of "Barack Obama's Rules for Revolution" from David Horowitz, so I want to review it — and seriously recommend it! A few excerpts:

"In 1969, the year that publishers reissued Alinsky's first book, Reveille for Radicals, a Wellesly undergraduate named Hillary Rodham submitted her 92-page senior thesis on Alinsky's theories . . .

"The title of Hillary's thesis was 'There Is Only the Fight: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.' In this title she had singled out the single most important Alinsky contribution to the radical cause — his embrace of political nihilism."

I've written well-over a thousand pages for RenewAmerica, and many many pages about the hippie-nihilists of the sixties (1860s Russia). The Latin word "nil" was a contraction of the word for 'nothing.' The Russian nihilists believed in nothing but the accumulation of power for power's sake. Sound familiar yet? More Horowitz:

"Alinsky came of age in the 1930s and was drawn to the world of Chicago gangsters, whom he encountered professionally as a sociologist. He sought out and became a social intimate of the Al Capone mob and of Capone enforcer Frank Nitti who took the reins when Capone was sent to prison for tax evasion in 1931.

"Later Alinsky said, '[Nitti] took me under his wing. I called him the Professor and I became his student'. . . . In his view, criminality was not a character problem but a result of the social environment, in particular the system of private property and individual rights, which radicals like him were determined to change . .

"In the 1969 'Afterward' to his book . . he explained his attitude in these words: 'Communism itself is irrelevant. The issue is whether they are on our side . . . he never questioned the Marxist view of society and human nature, or its goal of a utopian future . . "

Alinsky's rules take "an agnostic view of means and ends." For him, "the revolutionary's purpose is to undermine the system and then see what happens."

That's exactly what I have written about the 1860s Russian Nihilists who combined Darwinism with socialism, and set the stage for the eventual Bolshevik Revolution over 50 years later.

"Some of the Nihilists maintained that things were not yet ripe for a rising of the masses . . that before attempting to

overthrow the existing social organization some idea should be formed as to the order of things which should take

its place [but Tkatchev and others] explained that the object of the revolutionary party should be, not the preparation of revolution in general, but the realization of it at the earliest possible moment . . .

"In accordance with the fashionable doctrine of evolution, the reconstruction of society on the tabula rosa might be left, it was thought, to the spontaneous action of natural forces . . ." — Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th ed. (1910) [search "nihilism," "bolshevism"]

Our own "sixties" hippies, who imitated the Nihilists right down to the hair style, were also divided into two camps. One camp wanted to immediately blow up government buildings, but their revolution was more bluster than bite. The other hippie camp included the disciples of Saul Alinsky, who had more subtle and patient tactics. Those hippies, and some of their younger admirers, have since wormed their way into positions of power at all levels.

This brings us to 2011 and the current rebels. Horowitz says, "As a former radical, I am constantly asked how radicals could hate America and why they would want to destroy a society that compared to others is tolerant, inclusive and open . . . The answer to this question is that radicals are not comparing America to other real world societies. They are comparing America to the heaven on earth — the kingdom of social justice . . they think they are building . . .

"Unlike Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama never personally met Saul Alinsky. But as a young man, he became an adept practitioner of Alinsky's methods. In 1986, at the age of 23 and only three years out of Columbia University, Obama was hired by the Alinsky team to organize residents on the South Side . . .

"The group that Obama joined was part of a network that included the Gamaliel Foundation, a religious group that operated on Alinsky principles."

[This is one reason why I hinted that you may have to preach to your preacher.]


"Alinsky is the Sun-Tzu for today's radicals, his book a manual for their political war. As early as its dedicatory page, Alinsky provides revealing insight into the radical mind by praising Lucifer as the first rebel:

"'Lest we forget, an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history . . the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer."

from Barack Obama's Rules for Revolution by David Horowitz

David Horowitz Freedom Center

PO Bx 55089

Sherman Oaks, CA 91499-1964

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P.S. You can order 25 copies of this book for $1 apiece. Otherwise, $3 each. I believe handing out this book to your neighbors, friends, and relatives — no matter what their past politics — is one of the best things one can do for America, besides simply praying.

PPS: The last three days in the upper Midwest have seen wind, rain, and frost (everything except Global Warming). People who had to mow their lawns over the weekend were wearing winter parkas with the hoods up! BTW, most "serious" enviromentalists are Alinsky radicals too, which is why they never let the facts get in the way of a good "story." I'll have to save some quotations for next column, but here are a few more from Horowitz, in conclusion:

"Guided by Alinsky principles, post-Communist radicals are not idealists but Machiavellians. Their focus is on means rather than ends, and therefore they are not bound by organizational orthodoxies in the way their admired Marxist forebears were.

"Within the framework of their revolutionary agenda, they are flexible and opportunistic and
will say anything (and pretend to be anything) to get what they want, WHICH IS RESOURCES AND POWER. . .

"Deception is the radical's most important weapon, and it has been a prominent one since the end of the sixties. Radical arsonists . . pose as civil rights activists; anti-American radicals such as Bill Ayers pose as patriotic progressives; socialists pose as liberals.

"The mark of their success is reflected in the fact that conservatives collude in the deception and
call them liberals as well"[!] [my emphasis]

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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