Thursday, June 12, 2014


Always remember the Rules of Power Tactics:

The First Rule is: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

The Second Rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people.

The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.

The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.

The seventh rule is: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.

The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.

The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, Political Mentor of Barack Obama


1 comment:

  1. Ya know, I read these things and I have to wonder...are we denigrating these tactics or lusting after them? Every one of these tactics are valid, in my opinion. So are we begrudging the wisdom or are we bemoaning their use against us? Are we going to be able to negate their effects on our rightful society or are they a constant like gravity?