Education According to Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky and Rules for Radicals: an education in “divide and conquer.”


President Barack Obama wrote in his memoirs that the most significant education he received was not from Columbia University or from the Harvard Law School, but was from his training under Saul Alinsky’s system as a community organizer. He was trained by Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation, and then Obama taught workshops on the Alinsky method. As he moved up in Illinois Democratic politics, Obama put together a Chicago-style presidential campaign that used Alinskyite methods to defeat the Bill and Hillary Clinton machine and then defeat John McCain.

Saul Alinsky’s worldview was that the United States is an oppressive and racist society where most people are victims of economic injustice with a future of despair. Alinsky used the Communist tactic of class war to divide people into three groups: the Haves, the Have Nots, and the Have-a-Little Want More. He boasted that he “contemptuously rejected” the values of the middle class, but he taught his trainees how to use language and words popular with the middle class, while deceiving the people about what he really meant by those words. He taught that the end justifies the means, but that immoral actions should always be clothed with moral or religious arguments.

Saul Alinsky’s book called “Rules for Radicals,” which he dedicated to Lucifer, was a handbook for radical social and economic change in America. “Change” was his favorite word. Alinsky did not seek any peaceful solution; his goal was to crush the “Haves” and level American society. Barack Obama learned how to use the Alinsky tactics successfully.

Saul Alinsky is dead now, but his son David boasted in a Boston newspaper that Obama was a disciple of Saul Alinsky and had applied Alinsky’s techniques to win his 2008 campaign for President.

Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.

Used with the permission of Eagle Forum.

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