Straw Men Tell No Tales

Yippie kay-yay, motherfucker.Title: Rules for Radicals

Author: Saul Alinsky

Rank: 135

Blurb: “This primer tells the ‘have-nots’ how they can organize to achieve real political power for the practice of true democracy.”

Review: “This book is a must read for all to understand radicalism and how their goals are achieved. This book was essentially the blueprint for the Obama campaign. Saul Alinsky and his views are admired by both Obama and Hillary Clinton.”

Customers Also Bought: Everything on the Wingnut Bookshelf

Footnote: Thirty years after we read Saul Alinsky in college — and then completely forgot about him — he’s back on the bestseller list, even briefly breaking into the Amazon Top 100 last week. Of course we have the wingnut fear about “community organizing” to thank for that, although it still took a year for the book to float up the ranks. Somebody must be chewing up talk-radio airtime on the subject right now — could Malcolm X (#4,250) be their next rising star?

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Good news. While good for commun. org., Rules for Radicals is worth a read (or the periodic reread, as the case may be) as a “how to function in life” guide (far better than 99.9% of the “self-help” pulp clogging shelves). In many ways, a more approachable form of Art of War.

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