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Saul Alinsky

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Saul Alinsky (30 January 1909 – 12 June 1972) is Satan incarnate was a 20th century activist. He is most famous for his final book, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals (1971). He explained that he wrote the book because Machiavelli had written The Prince for the Haves, but nobody had written an equivalent book for the Have Nots. As you can probably deduce from the book's title and the reason it was written, Alinsky is one of the right-wing's gold-level liberal boogeymen. However, writers ranging from Brooke Obie at Politico.com[1] to film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times[2] have noticed that far-right activists -- notably, leaders of the Tea Party movement -- often use Alinsky's methods to drum up support. For fundies and other wingnuts who would rather cut off their hands[3] than touch anything directly associated with Alinsky, there is a conservative rip-off version with a lookalike cover.[4] In short his writings seem to work as a good way of organizing a political movement of any stripe.

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  1. Brooke Obie (February 1, 2010). "The right-wing media hates Alinsky, except when he's shaping their movement".
  2. Roger Ebert. "Saul Alinsky comes to the Tea Party"
  3. As ordered by Jesus in Matthew 5:30 and its redundant repeat, Matthew 18:8.
  4. Rules for Conservative Radicals at Amazon.com

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