Thomas Paine: American Philosopher, & Revolutionary
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The parallels between these two men is so deep, I’ve broken it up into two parts, giving a brief bio of Alinsky and some excerpts from his most famous work. I’ve added a few comments along the way.
Saul D. Alinsky (1909-1972), American “community activist” and political theorist, wrote a book titled, Rules for Radicals, a book about how to successfully run a movement for change. His goal was to create a guide for future community organizers, to use in uniting low-income communities in order for them to gain by any means necessary social, political, legal, and economic power. 
(Paine): We saw that “plan” in action every day for the entire summer of 2020 in Seattle, Minneapolis, and other cities, as rioters (pardon me, “mostly peaceful protesters”) converged on areas of their respective cities, to burn and loot without repercussion, as officials stood down under orders from “authorities”. Organized groups like Antifa and BLM committing crimes in plain sight, on video, gaining social power “by any means necessary”, a favorite catch-phrase of the left.
Alinsky was active in Chicago in the 40’s, organizing groups like the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC), and the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), through which he focused on the training of community organizers.
He remained at the forefront of revolutionary change during the tumultuous 60’s, inserting himself into the Rochester Race Riot of 1964, pressuring the community and it’s largest employer, Kodak, to open up employment and city governance to better opportunities for African Americans. 
In Rules for Radicals, from The Prologue, Alinsky opens the book with this line;
“THE REVOLUTIONARY FORCE today has two targets, moral as well as material. Its young protagonists are one moment reminiscent of the idealistic early Christians, yet they also urge violence and cry, ‘Burn the system down!’ They have no illusions about the system, but plenty of illusions about the way to change our world.” 
He goes on, “Dostoevski said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. . . . A revolutionary organizer must shake up the prevailing patterns of their lives— agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values, to produce, if not a passion for change, at least a passive, affirmative, non-challenging climate.” 
(Paine): Tell me that doesn’t sound like Obama – from the victim/grievance attitude to “create disenchantment”, and a “passion for change”.
In the chapter titled, The Purpose, he starts out, “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.” 
Further, under The Ideology of Change, Alinsky said,
“The prerequisite for an ideology is possession of a basic truth. For example, a Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order or the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage—the political paradise of communism.” 
(Paine): Democrats can’t wait to arrive at their delusional “political paradise of communism”.
Under Class Distinctions: The Trinity, he wrote,
“Mankind has been and is divided into three parts: the Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Have-a-Little, Want Mores. On top are the Haves with power, money, food, security, and luxury. They suffocate in their surpluses while the Have-Nots starve. Numerically the Haves have always been the fewest. The Haves want to keep things as they are and are opposed to change.”
He goes on, “On the bottom are the world’s Have-Nots. On the world scene they are by far the greatest in numbers. They are chained together by the common misery of poverty, rotten housing, disease, ignorance, political impotence, and despair; when they are employed their jobs pay the least and they are deprived in all areas basic to human growth. . . . They hate the establishment of the Haves with its arrogant opulence, its police, its courts, and its churches. Justice, morality, law, and order, are mere words when used by the Haves, which justify and secure their status quo.
. . . Between the Haves and Have-Nots are the Have-a-Little, Want Mores—the middle class. Torn between upholding the status quo to protect the little they have, yet wanting change so they can get more, they become split personalities. They could be described as social, economic, and political schizoids.” 
Rule No. 5 of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is;
“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also, it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.” 
(Paine): Remind you of anything the DNC and the media employs today? They run that play like Vince Lombardi ran the power sweep. We know they are going to run it. They know we know they are going to run it. And they know we can’t stop it because anyone who mentions it is vilified even further.
Ridicule is the “bread and butter” play of the MSM propaganda campaign, constantly brainwashing their viewers that conservatives are nothing more than a “basket of deplorables”, a collection of uneducated racist hillbillies, implying that they hold some sort of moral superiority on the topic of discussion. The infuriating part is that they overstate their own “authority” and hold the “bully pulpit”, the platform from which all this egregiously offensive behavior emanates.
It is the duty of true American patriots to speak out at every opportunity on any available outlet that the garbage being fed to unsuspecting consumers of “fake news” is pure propaganda. Get involved. Research the issues and critically analyze what the “right thing to do” should be in terms of adhering to the Constitution and our founding documents. Typically, you’ll find that virtually every proposal the DNC comes up with is anti-American, and requires a transition towards communism.
SIDEBAR: Antifa is an international organization whose name implies they are “anti-fascist”, yet they demonstrate fascist tactics on a regular basis. They are in fact, self-contradictory
Alinsky’s biographer, Sanford Horwitt, credits Alinsky “more than anybody . . . for demonstrating that community organizing could be a lifelong career.” Horwitt saw the influence that Alinsky had on Barack Obama’s work in Chicago as Director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP) from June 1985 to May 1988. 
As you will see in Part 2, those influences developed into much more than mere community organizing. Obama used many of Alinsky’s principles to attack the foundations of America, not by circumstance, but by design.
 Alinsky, Saul D. ; Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals ;
Random House, New York, Vintage Books Edition, 1989 ; p.6
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 ibid. ; p. 25
 ibid. ; pp. 32-33
 ibid. ; p. 132