Rules for Radicals was written to
'provide counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change,'
the latter of which opened with the following explanation of its purpose:
"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."
Can't help but notice Number Five, there:
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
As regards religion, that's one I have exactly ZERO problem with! Considering the current GOP crop of candidates ... I may actually have even LESS problem! [grin!]
Why limit it to GOP? There is not one voice in the Democratic party that is not riddled with comparable levels of manipulation.
Please consider doing Equal Opportunity Ridicule.
I aim my ridicule and my letters and phone calls at officials from either/any political party who allow money to corrupt them.
I can do this more effectively in America's western states because, when they became states they added provisions for DIRECT initiative and referendum to their constitutions.
Even in the presently-insane GOP-controlled Arizona, citizens can write legislation for reform, collect voters' signatures and it will go to the ballot. It's possible because, in the early 1900s, the statehood committee looked eastern state corruption and resolved to not allow it.
Massachsetts is contending for the title Most Cruelly Corrupt Eastern State because it has an INDIRECT initiative. Citizens there can write legislation for reform, collect signatures to have it put on the ballot, vote to adopt it, and still lose because state legislators can SECRETLY vote to reverse what the citizens have done.
New Jersey is contending for the title Most Corrupt Eastern State because the constitution allows the governor to appoint allies to ALL state-wide offices.
Again, please consider doing Equal Opportunity Ridicule.
Regarding the fundamental realisation of social responsibility America is blind, deaf, and dumb.
Propaganda espousing the freedom of the individual is used as a mask to cloak glaring injustices in wealth distribution and life opportunities. Only when America wakes up to the futility of living in the past will she be fit to look to the future.
Gerald, some Americans do live in the past, but don't overlook your Edmund Burke.
He is alleged to have said a few kind words about the colonists but he is also alleged to have viciously attacked the end of monarchy.
I agree that many Americans are blind, deaf and dumb -- about monarchy at least. I think it's because our founders yanked monarchy too suddenly.
Their not allowing time to mourn its impending demise may be the reason that so many of us went to England for Diana's funeral.
BTW, Gerald, if you're still looking for pseudo-mulberries, try reducing the amount of woo in your diet.
I'll try that Tom.
Revolutionary ideas like Alinsky's are too simplistic. The notion that there's a silver bullet to solve social injustice has been touted for two hundred years, and it always comes with ideological baggage. Capitalism has proven to be a driver of prosperity and nothing seems to inspire ambitious hard work as successfully as money. Dreaming of a pot of gold is not the problem, wanting it all for oneself is the problem, and sadly an all too common problem.
The idea of the freedom of the individual is ambiguous to say the least. What value is freedom to the man who'd have a better guarantee of a meal in prison? or to the woman who can't feed her children without charitable hand-outs? Socialism is not a disease, it's a need. Capitalism, for all its merits regarding wealth creation, is ill fitted for matters concerning peoples health and welfare. Democratic socialism, I think, will prove the only viable option.
Gerald, your recommending democratic socialism moves me to ask if you have read Petr Kropotkin's Mutual Aid; a factor in evolution, or other more recent books like it.
America's sociopathic capitalism will continue its attempts to destroy cooperation. I fear it will cause much more pain before enough Americans see the benefits of employee-owner capitalism.
I've looked for it in the library but without success. I have read many others along the same lines Tom.