1971 book Rules for Radicals, he wrote, “The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the ‘Haves’ on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the ‘Have-Nots’ on how to take it away.” He went on to mention 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.
Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution.
“Never waste a good crisis.”
Hillary Clinton wrote her undergraduate thesis on Alinsky, and Barack Obama, who was profoundly influenced by Alinsky’s disciples, wrote an essay in his honor for a book called After Alinsky.
Alinsky understood the world of finance because many of his early backers were financiers. Among the most important was Eugene Meyer, the Wall Street investment banker and chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1930 to 1933. Meyer was also the longtime owner of the Washington Post. Other financial backers included Marshall Field III, the department store mogul and an investment banker in New York. Alinsky would brag, “I feel confident that I could persuade a millionaire on a Friday to subsidize a revolution for Saturday out of which he would make a huge profit on Sunday even though he was certain to be executed on Monday.”
As Alinsky taught, finding an enemy was important. Thus he was quoted in Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis: “In order to organize, you must first polarize. People think of controversy as negative; they think consensus is better. But to organize you need a Bull Connor.”
==Architects of Ruin (Peter Schweizer)
Extreme economic inequality ultimately leads to political instability and often revolution. One scholar of comparative politics, surveying the literature on the subject, puts it like this: “Among contemporary political scientists it has become axiomatic that material inequality and political instability go together.”
Yet virtually everyone who has studied the dangerous impact of extreme economic inequality on a wide variety of societies has effectively concluded that America is immune to the potentially disruptive effects of extreme inequality. Even authors of political thrillers, who have created scenarios for coups and revolutions based on terrorism, assassinations, and enemy conspiracies, have avoided homegrown unrest: it just isn’t possible. The idea is effectively taboo in our society.
We take it as an unalterable given that our constitutional system of governance, as supported by the people, is everlasting. My contention is that unchecked and rising economic inequality is an indicator of a dysfunctional democracy that is spiraling downward. A careful historical analysis suggests such societies inevitably fall prey to internal collapse through conflict or corruption.The threat is real and increasing.
==It Could Happen Here (Bruce Judson)
Fear is a primitive impulse, brainless as hunger, and because the aim of horror fiction is the production of the deepest kinds of fears, the genre tends to reinforce some remarkably uncivilized ideas about self-protection. In the current crop of zombie stories, the prevailing value for the beleaguered survivors is a sort of siege mentality, a vigilance so constant and unremitting that it’s indistinguishable from the purest paranoia.— Terrence Rafferty, New York Times
Fear and paranoia have become hallmarks of the modern American experience, impacting how we as a nation view the world around us, how we as citizens view each other, and most of all how our government views us.
Nowhere is this epidemic of fear and paranoia more aptly mirrored than in the culture’s fascination with zombies, exacerbated by the hit television series The Walking Dead, in which a small group of Americans attempt to survive in a zombie-ridden, post-apocalyptic world where they’re not only fighting off flesh-eating ghouls but cannibalistic humans.
Zombies have experienced such a surge in popularity in recent years that you don’t have to look very far anymore to find them lurking around every corner: wreaking havoc in movie blockbusters such as World War Z, running for their lives in 5K charity races, battling corsets in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and even putting government agents through their paces in mock military drills arranged by the Dept. of Defense (DOD) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).