Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt from Online Great Books join me to discuss Saul Alinsky's frightening, frustrating, and formidable 1971 book, Rules For Radicals.
The discussion is split into 2 parts, the second coming later this week.
Alinsky was a "small c" communist who was also such an apparent individualist that he never publicly aligned himself with with any group,
but he wrote a book accessible to any ideology.
Even if you're unwilling to embrace the tactics, you'd be unwise to ignore them.
An optimistic take: real-world tactics for changing the status quo
And a more cynical one: a non-ideologically driven, slogan-rich quest for power relying on ridicule and polarization, happening in an environment where widespread rationality is not a factor
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