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Rules For Radicals (Part 2 of 2) [PODCAST #659]

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. 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 The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. ...

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Rules For Radicals (1 of 2) – With Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt [PODCAST #658]

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 ...

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[PODCAST] #461: SPEED AND POLITICS (Part One) – Rules For Radicals

What is wrong with John Oliver? What's wrong with Donald Trump? What's wrong the anti-Trump anti-reality protestors? What was wrong with me the other day when I suddenly felt impelled to hatch a conspiracy theory about Trump's election being part of a "larger plan" with no evidence? What's wrong with an alarming number of the interactions in School Sucks Facebook group lately? Political thinking is often quick thinking. Thinking quickly is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around. Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, ...

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