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Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals

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23 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

This book is the battle plan for the O Bama administration

If you are interested in politics, this book is a must read.
Battle plan is the correct term. This book explains exactly the actions of the O Bama administration. As a professor Barrack O Bama taught this book and established this network of activist for his political ...
If you are interested in politics, this book is a must read.
Battle plan is the correct term. This book explains exactly the actions of the O Bama administration. As a professor Barrack O Bama taught this book and established this network of activist for his political network. The tactics of direction and misdirection are all followed with incredible precision.
The book in detail describes how to prepare and operate as a community organizer, how to redefine and control the communication, and how to use the issues people have to combine them into a force that works for you even against their own issues.
In general the mechanics are incredible and convincing. I found this book extremely slow read reading, but completely absorbing. This book will open your eyes to the back stage of politics. It will explain how carefully worded speeches can leave every one hearing what they want to hear. The author believes his system is unstoppable.

posted by StPeteBuzz on January 2, 2010

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55 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

A useful primer for understanding the mindset of our new president.

Every citizen should read this, if he or she is concerned about the direction our political system is going. It provides outstanding insights into the mind-set of the "community organizer", and gives enlightenment into the background and the thinking of our latest presi...
Every citizen should read this, if he or she is concerned about the direction our political system is going. It provides outstanding insights into the mind-set of the "community organizer", and gives enlightenment into the background and the thinking of our latest president. This is not encouraging, in my view, but it is important to understand. The prescription for change is, in effect, work within the system to destroy the system so that a new (basically undefined) system can emerge from the ashes. The principles are not really "communistic", but more anarchistic or chaotic. It is a sophisticated explanation of the thinking of the radical left, exemplified by SDS, the 60's radicals, the Weathermen, et al. It becomes quite easy to understand the reasons behind the past associations of our president, and the ways in which he has almost wholly absorbed and endorsed Alinsky's views. In my view, Alinsky was a highly-intelligent and shrewd observer of the political and social scene, but suffered from the common disease of all radicals, in seeking to create beauty with the use of ugliness and deceptiveness.

posted by BillA on April 6, 2009

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Knowing your enemy

    I bought this only to better understand the present administrations plan and how they maneuver. They are the enemy, and in war, it's good to know the enemy.

    30 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

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    I just purchased this to have a better understanding of those who want to destroy the USA

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Distubing

    It is a book of how to be an anarchist by manipulting the masses destroying society

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2015

    If you want to learn how to be an effective terrorist like Lord

    If you want to learn how to be an effective terrorist like Lord Obama, buy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    Obama seems to be using this as a plan

    I dont hate the man just his polocies.

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  • Posted September 28, 2014

    Through community organizing Alinsky advocated reformation-a cha

    Through community organizing Alinsky advocated reformation-a change in thinking in people-then revolution-the overthrow of the status quo. The reformation leads to power, since it's now a community of people with the same thoughts, and with this power the ability to overthrow (revolution) the status quo. He defined the status quo as any ideology including but not limited to democracy, socialism, communism, any and all religion. Reformation and revolution are perpetual because as the result of a revolution a status quo is established and therefore another reformation and revolution are necessary. Much of the book is taken up with describing the "rules" and these were presented in means-ends statements all related to the overthrow of the status quo. Since he stated that there are no absolutes and therefore everything is relative related to existing conditions at any present time all means are acceptable to achieve the identified ends. This book is about continuous revolution but Alinsky was very careful to only use his community organization techniques to achieve that end. "I propose...a step toward a science of revolution." Page 21, Nook Book

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