Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals
The father of modern community organization, Saul Alinsky taught a generation of activists and politicians how to effectively construct social change. In Rules for Radicals, Alinsky writes with passion and intelligence, carefully outlining “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Indispensable since its first publication in 1971, this ebook continues to inform and inspire all those who believe that political engagement is the key to maintaining America’s democratic tradition.
About the author:
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 Al 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 have 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.
Saul David Alinsky was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. His organizing skills were focused on improving the living conditions of poor communities across North America.
Reviews about the ebook Rules for Radicals
This is one of the best resources for understanding postmodernism. Alinsky is truly a moral relativist and uses this to justify whatever political action best fits his intended goal at the time. He lays strong arguments for moral relativism, and surprisingly, he seemed to be an authentic seeker of truth. The latter surprised me greatly
- Stephen Drake:
The first time I read this ebook Rules for Radicals was when I was sixteen. Since then, I have given away and replaced the ebook several times. Alinsky, who was active in both Chicago (where I lived for over ten years) and Rochester, NY (where I grew up and live now), was a terrific community organizer. The language is a little dated – definitely sexist by today’s definitions – but it’s a great reminder to those of us who get discouraged about fighting on unlevel playing fields. The playing fields have never been level, and yet average citizens can gain political power if they only get organized.
- Ryan Holiday:
Rules for Radicals is the 48 Laws of Power written for the power-hungry with a conscience. Alinksy was the liaison for many civil rights, union, and student causes in the late 50s and 60s, and though most of his efforts were temporal, he immortalized the tactics in this book. He teaches how to implement your radical agenda without using radical tactics, how to disarm with words and media as opposed to arms and Utopian rhetoric. What’s most impressive about Alinsky is how his ebooks Rules for Radicals become more relevant with each technological advancement. Rules for Radicals were written long before the internet, cable news, social networking, blogs, or cell phones. Yet, if one wants to truly take advantage of those tools, there is not a better handbook for getting the most out of them.At the end of life, Alinsky came upon one form of social protest and leverage that has gone underappreciated: the use of stock proxies. His premise was that large charities and universities could use their massive stock portfolios to wield influence over policy in the companies they invested in. For some reason, this never got off the ground. Now as the market tanks and the taxpayers are infusing monoliths with cash, that option is back on the table. It will be interesting to see if Alinsky gets a second time in the spotlight because of it
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