Alinsky at work in D.C.

What is going on in Washington, D.C. these days smacks of a couple of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” Alinsky, for those unfamiliar with him, is considered the “father of community organizing.” His “rules” are meant to guide radicals in their efforts to bring down organizations including the government.

The proliferation of anonymous allegations against President Trump’s administration seems to follow Rules #4 and #8.

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.

The “rule” at play here is the belief that all allegations should be investigated so that we can “get to the bottom” of what is alleged. The more allegations that are made, the more the government gets bogged down in trying to investigate them. Sound familiar?

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.

This, of course, could apply to a football game as well as to radical tactics. Notice, though, that as soon as one allegation starts to be investigated, another slightly different one pops up on the anti-president side of the issue. The point is to keep allegations coming to derail the administration’s agenda.

Two prominent Alinsky acolytes are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Saul would be so proud.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by J boud on May 17, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    DWB, glad that you put this in writing for everyone to see. Alinsky’s writing certainly seems to encourage disruption — keep them dancing as if they were on hot coals. They’ll never get anything done then.

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