Tuesday, January 25, 2005

(:)(:)(:)(:) for Rules for Radicals
After years of meaning to, snichols finally finished reading the bible of grassroots organizing, Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.

By checking it out from the public library, she has no doubt now placed herself on some sort of high level enemy combatant list. So in her remaining moments of freedom, she should say this:

The book is totally different from how she thought it would be. snichols found the book not at all dated and indeed extremely applicable almost prescient of today's political dilemmas.

The chapter on means/end calculations in politics includes a devastating myth-shattering analysis of Ghandi's (and the civil rights movement's) nonviolent tactics as merely pragmatic not driven solely by belief, and not applicable to many other political situations.

And the chapter on calculating tactics to use your opponent's strength against him could be used more effectively by every advocate snichols knows.

Read this book (but better buy a copy--can you blog from Guantanamo, anyone know? Anyone want to take over the blog?)

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