Monday, May 28, 2012

Rules for Radical...Paleos?

The Daily Bell and Lew Rockwell have recently featured articles about Saul Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals. I had been only vaguely aware of Alinsky, because I knew him to be a man of the left; best ignored, even when they have something of value to say, because of a profound distrust of their  motives. It's properly conservative to realize that the Situation, however grim can always get worse. What I have come to share with the radicals is the belief that it has to get worse to get better.  "If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counter side". The pendulum needs to complete its swing, whether they speak of "historical inevitability", or we of economic cycles. Few would argue that we need to move farther away from individual freedom and decentralized economies, although the trend will continue. We can sense that the momentum is fading to stasis, the tipping point where the pendulum reverses, and remember that the acceleration at apogee  is almost imperceptible in both directions. We will not recognize the point in real time, but we will have to change tactics as dynamics change. Think of sailing by utilizing wind and currents to best advantage. Think racing yacht and crew. Forget the furschluginer pendulum analogy, (except the momentum bits, still pretty proud of them), unless I can think of what might substitute for the constant of gravity; I'm thinking greed/opportunity, might involve calculus. It only seems like clockwork. Wind, weather and currents and tides; that's the ticket. Longitude, bollocks. Vikings didn't need no stinkin longitudes.

"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."

In a recent post, How To Gum Up Any Institution, Gary North introduces the Remnant to Saul Alinsky, previously known by me only as a communist agitator, community organizer and general bad guy. The article is devoted to Alinsky's method of turning beaureaucratic rules against the beaureaucrats themselves and prevailing. Cool stories, but I remain skeptical, given that the average american, say IRS agent, could probably instruct gulag prison guards on cruelty and stupidity, but I was bowled over by North's by Alinsky's 13 rules;

We can learn from Alinsky. We must learn how to gum up the works. We must create a new, hypothetical society, "Gummit," which sounds a lot like "Guvmint."
Here are Alinsky's 13 tactical rules:

  1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
  2. Never go outside the experience of your people.
  3. Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy.
  4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
  5. Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.
  6. A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
  7. A tactic that drags on too long is a drag.
  8. Keep the pressure on.
  9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
  10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
  11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counter side.
  12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
  13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize and polarize it.
Every system can be brought down. Every system is vulnerable. If you can spot the weak point in the system, you can exploit it. 

Looks like Ron Paul's to do list. It's amazing how close he has kept to it. 

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