Saul Alinsky’s 13 Rules for Radicals in List Format

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Thirteen Rules For Radicals

Rules for Radicals is an infamous work. I guess Glenn Beck was the first one to delve into it when he was on FOX News. He worked The Rules and Saul Alinsky into his Doom Porn. Surprisingly, Alinsky operated further back in history than I thought, starting in the 1930’s. That most likely means he was connected to the larger Jewish faction of communists. Alinsky was a “community organizer.” The book opens with three quotes. One is from Alinsky himself and he praises Lucifer for being the first rebel though, Alinsky does not seem or care to understand that Satan, the Devil, or Lucifer will have the worst damnation of all creation.

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Hillary Clinton also apparently did a thesis for a Batchelor Degree Honors Student Requirement: “There is Only the Fight…,” An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.

The Rules

1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.

2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.

3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.

4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.

5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.

7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.

8. “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.

10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.

11. “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.

12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re
caught without a solution to the problem.

13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.


These rules are compiled in various places around the internet. In some places, you will find them raw. In others, they are published with commentary. I have the book and plan on doing an audio version at some point.

I got this list from They have a large selection of Public Domain works and can direct you to where you can find non-Public Domain works published on the web.

Specifically, you can find the above list here

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