The Alinsky Way of Governing

Rules for radicals cc

Saul Alinsky was an effective strategist (if an outright enemy of human liberty – despite what we are told) and his thinking has influenced many of the more control obsessed people in government for 2 generations. Obama, the one time “community organizer” is an acolyte. As are many of the people around him.

Universities are full of Alinsky fans. I was assigned Rules for Radicals, and another book, The New Rules for Radicals, while I was in college. Funny, I was never assigned The Republic.

A couple of other things should be noted about Rules. 1, that Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley on the book. And 2, Saul Alinsky dedicated his rule book to “Lucifer.” How insane is that?

To be clear Alinsky makes his dedication in the spirit of “let’s reinterpret Milton’s Paradise Lost in a way which makes the ‘devil’ look cool” sense. But still. Who dedicates a book to the embodiment of evil?

(From The Wall Street Journal)

Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, recently caused a stir by sending letters to seven university presidents seeking background information on scientists and professors who had given congressional testimony that failed to endorse what is the conventional wisdom in some quarters regarding climate change. One of the targets was Steven Hayward, a colleague of mine at Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy.

Though the congressman lacked legal authority to demand information, his aggressive plan, which came to light in late February, should not be a surprise at a time when power holders from the White House on down are employing similar means against perceived enemies.

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