Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky

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First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best. Like Thomas Paine before him, Alinsky was able to combine, both in his person and his writing, the intensity of political engagement with an absolute insistence on rational political discourse and adherence to the American democratic tradition.

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Saul Alinsky was born in Chicago in 1909 and educated first in the streets of that city and then in its university. Graduate work at the University of Chicago in criminology introduced him to the Capone gang, and later to Joliet State Prison, where he studied prison life. He founded what is known today as the Alinsky ideology and Alinsky concepts of mass organization for power. His work in organizing the poor to fight for their rights as citizens has been internationally recognized. In the late 1930s he organized the Back of the Yards area in Chicago (the neighborhood made famous in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle). Subsequently, through the Industrial Areas Foundation which he began in 1940, Mr. Alinsky and his staff helped to organize communities not only in Chicago but throughout the country. He later turned his attentions to the middle class, creating a training institute for organizers. He died in 1972.
Published June 22, 2010 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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Alinsky, a '30's radical and the prototype of a community organizer, now heads a Marshall Field foundation.

May 07 1971 | Read Full Review of Rules for Radicals (Vintage)


This book is, in turn, dedicated to Lucifer, “the original radical,” as Carson paraphrased Alinsky, “who gained his own kingdom.” (The book actually uses a winking line about Lucifer as one of three epigraphs, more on which in a moment.) So Clinton is dedicated to Alinsky, and Alinsky is dedicate...

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- Dec. 6th - A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

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Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , Jo...

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The American Catholic

In many small towns and cities across the US, historic churches mainline Protestant churches sit empty as many of their adherents have left for the Catholic Church or the local non denominational mega church.

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From there, she went on to become Eugene McCarthy (Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party) supporter, and then to the thesis criticizing Mr. Alinsky a year later, to interning at a law firm noted for supporting radicals and being founded, in part, by Communists, which is the likely setting for ...

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