Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul Alinsky
Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgement to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins– or which is which), the fist radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.
Saul Alinsky was an apt community organizer and thought to be the father of modern community organizing as we know it today. Saul worked in the black ghettos of Chicago and traveled to ghettos across the United States to better the lives of citizens in the most poverty stricken areas.
Though many thought his ideas and work to be communistic, he never affiliated with any party claiming his own independence far too important a thing to write away. Nor did he hold a great respect for many political leaders of his time. Here is a quote from his 1972 publication that holds an almost scary resemblance to the tune we hear so often today:
Alinsky described his plans for 1972 to begin to organize the white middle-class across the United States, and the necessity of that project. He believed that many Americans were living in frustration and despair, worried about their future, and ripe for a turn to radical social change, to become politically active citizens. He feared the middle class could be driven to a right-wing viewpoint, “making them ripe for the plucking by some guy on horseback promising a return to the vanished verities of yesterday”. His stated motive: “I love this goddamn country, and we’re going to take it back.
This quote was taken from Wikipedia as well as cited from a Playboy article and should therefore be taken with a grain of salt. However, this would be the most prophetic notion of his many works. Therefore in March, even though it is Women’s Mont, we will be reading Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, because he wanted to unify America and the United States and that is something we are in dire need of at this point in our history.