Saul Alinsky

(Saul David Alinsky)

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A free and open society is an on-going conflict, interrupted periodically by compromises. Freedom & Liberty
All effective actions require the passport of morality. Policy & Policy Making
Change means movement. Movement means friction. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Favors granted always become defined as rights. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
History is a relay of revolutions History
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. Poverty
If you have a vast organization, parade it before the enemy, openly show your power. If your organization is small, do what Gideon did: conceal the members in the dark but raise a clamor that will make the listener believe that your organization numbers many more that it does. If your organization is too tiny even for noise, stink up the place. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Liberals in their meetings utter bold words; they strut, grimace belligerently, and then issue a weasel-worded statement which has tremendous implications, if read between the lines. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life. Life ;Time ;Corruption ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Life without power is death. Power
No politician can sit on a hot issue if you make it hot enough. Lobbying & Special Interests
One's concern with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one's personal interest in the issue ... Any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Power goes to two poles: to those who've got money and those who've got people. Power
Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have Power
Revolution by the have-nots has a way of inducing a moral revelation among the haves. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The first thing you’ve got to do in a community is listen, not talk. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There can be no such thing as a successful traitor, for if one succeeds he becomes a founding father. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
A racially integrated community is a chronological term timed from the entrance of the first black family to the exit of the last white family. Families, Children & Parenting
Always remember the first rule of power tactics; power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. Power
Last guys don't finish nice.
Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you're free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to promote a cause you believe in. Life ;Death
Tactics mean doing what you can with what you have.
The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself. Freedom & Liberty
We must believe that it is the darkest before the dawn of a beautiful new world. We will see it when we believe it.