"Change comes from power, and power
comes from organization," said Saul Alinsky in his handbook
Rules for Radicals. It is no secret that the Left has
nearly perfected activism, and has nearly perfected the
indoctrination of young Americans across the nation. It is time for
Conservatives to stop playing catch-up, and lead -- controlling the
dialogue on campus and out-organize the Left.
Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
is the activism handbook for the Left, and a genius one at that.
But, why is it a handbook just for the Left? I argue that we
should use some these tactics as conservative activists and perfect
Let's examine a few of Alinsky's power tactics as outlined in his book Rules for
· Make the enemy
live up to their own book of rules.
· A good tactic is
one that your people enjoy.
· A tactic that
drags on too long becomes a drag.
· Keep the pressure
· The threat is
usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
· Maintain a
constant pressure upon the opposition.
· The price of a
successful attack is a constructive alternative.
· Pick the target,
freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
· Power is not only
what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
These are just a FEW of the points
and tactics outlined in the book that the left is playing by to
this day. It's time for Conservatives to stop re-inventing the
wheel; rather, we need to perfect it.
Every YAF chapter in America should
be advancing conservatism while utilizing and perfecting these
tactics. This shouldn't be too hard considering we have
the truth on our side. Using these tactics may actually make a
difference on your campus, in your community, and in our nation;
because if you don't they will.
Grant is a student at Grosse Pointe North High School and chairman of the school's Young Americans for Freedom chapter