Tactics from Rules For Radicals
“Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul…”
As quoted in Alinsky 1971
Saul Alinsky wrote the book Rules For Radicals (Alinsky, Saul, 1971). The time is right to remember and implement his tactics for social change. The dominant ideological strategy employed today for students who are most at risk of exclusion is a higher order and more complex system of exclusion than has ever existed before. This paper promotes the use of Saul Alinsky’s 13 tactics for success in implementing inclusion for vulnerable people in everyday life. Understanding and using Alinsky’s 13 rules with a view toward action and high-energy systemic change will cause positive change.
Rules For Radicals, Saul Alinsky
We will either find a way or make one. --Hannibal
1) Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks your have.
2) The second rule is: Never go out side the experience of your people.
3) The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy.
4) The forth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
5) The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
6) The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
7) The seventh rule: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
8) The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.
9) The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
10) The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
11) The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
12) The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
13) The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.