In his book Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky states “Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them. In the world of give and take, tactics is the art of how to take and how to give. Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.” p.126
Saul Alinsky’s 13 “power tactics” are inconsistent with Catholic teaching and prove to be anti-Catholic as you will see below. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and current community organizers have followed and do follow the “power tactics.” These tactics are found on pages 127-134 of Rules for Radicals:
1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”
2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat. It also means a collapse of communication, as we have noted.”
3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.“
4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with tactic.”
7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment, like going to church on Sunday.“
8. “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”
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. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.”
11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside; this is based on the principle that every positive has its negative.”
12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying “You’re right – we don’t know what to do about this issue. Now you tell us.””
13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that the organizer should always regard as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and “frozen.”… Obviously there is no point to tactics unless one has a target upon which to center the attacks… Furthermore, any target can always say, “Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?” When you “freeze the target,” you disregard these arguments… Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target.”
If a community organization on this list (click here) is in your Catholic diocese and has any of its parishes as members, then they use the anti-Catholic “power tactics” listed above. Take these steps (click here) to remove them.
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O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.
Peter L. Hodges Sr.