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"What has always made the State a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven."–Holderlin

JEOPARDY: ALINKSY-STYLE

Ever wonder whether Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” could form the basis of a new quiz game?  It could look something like this:
1) give the contestants the 13 “Rules For Radicals,
2) have the contestants read, study and memorize them,
3) present various statements and strategies publicized by the Obama Administration,
4) the object of the game is to name the rule that best illustrates the statement/strategy.
5) answers must be phrased in the form of a question.

Ready to play?  Here are the 13 rules followed by the YouTube video of the Saturday, October 17, 2009 POTUS address.  It is all up to you to apply the rules correctly.  Decision of the judge, (me), is final.  Good luck!

Alinksy’s “Rules for Radicals” (Summary)

1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy things you have.”
(Power is derived from two main sources-money & people.  Those without money must build a power base from people.  Government & Corporations, both which have a difficult time appealing to people, usually must derive their power from economic arguments.)
2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”
(Confusion, fear and retreat results from not having a ready answer to probable objections and questions.  It is important to have slogans, talking points and pat answers that “radicals” can use to counter facts and logical arguments.)
3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”
(In this way insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty is increased.  It is important to develop red-herrings, conflate situations and blind-side opponents with irrelevant or fictitious anecdotes and statistics.)
4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
(Question the values, beliefs, motives and morals of an entire group based on the actions of anyone who does not absolutely and in all cases strictly adhere to these.  In this way the credibility and reputation of the entire group can be ridiculed, damaged and, ultimately, dismissed.)
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
(There is no defense against ridicule, because it is irrational.  It often pushes the opponent into either concessions or looking foolish by irrationally lashing out.)
6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
(Receiving rewarding exposure on the media, being given the freedom to say things in a group that would be otherwise forbidden, disruptions that cause discomfort, dressing up in outrageous costumes, playing public “pranks”, missing work to attend a “party-atmosphere” protest, etc. can all be fun ways to motivate “radicals” to participate in a cause.)
7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”
(Variety is the spice of life.  Keep changing tactics to keep things fresh and interesting.  It keeps people active and involved for organizers to constantly create new tactics.)
8. “Keep the pressure on.  Never let up.”
(The opposition needs to be kept off-balance.  When one approach is overcome, hit them with something new.  Attack from all sides.  Cover all angles.  Never let the enemy catch its breath, regroup, recover or re-strategize.)
9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
(Perception is reality.  Be vague enough for the enemy to fill in the blanks.  Often it will expend time and effort trying to prepare for a “worst case scenario”, thus using up resources and demoralizing the opposition.)
10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a
constant pressure upon the opposition.”
(When there is a daily barrage of changing messages and demands, it is extremely difficult to keep up with them.  Keeping the enemy in “fire-fighting” mode makes it less probable that the opposition will be able to generate options and solutions.  Opposition tends to erode under relentless assault and often leads to surrender.)
11. “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”
(Many times, inflammatory language and behavior will provoke a reaction that will engender sympathy for the “radical”.  The masses love to support an underdog.)
12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
(Never let the enemy score points due to lack of a solution to the problem.  The goal is to be given a “place at the table” in order to wield power.  Be prepared with compromise solutions.)
13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.”
(Cut the weakest, or the most vocal out of the group.  Isolate the target from support and sympathy.  Go after individuals, not institutions; people hurt faster.  Use direct, personalized criticism and ridicule.  It works.)

Now, take some time and study these rules to really get a feel for them.  Then, watch the following video of the Saturday internet address by the POTUS from October 17th.  Apply those rules and send in your answers, (phrased in the form of a question, of course).  Ten points will be awarded for each appropriate use of a rule.  (An additional ten points can be earned for sheer creativity.)  Who will win the “radical title” of the week?  If you don’t play, you can’t win!  Have fun.

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