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Dec 26 2012

Fanning the Flames: New Book on Saul Alinsky and the Radical Left

The Introduction to his new book looks promising enough to warrant a word from author Peter Christopher Pappas:

In my new book, Fanning the Flames: How Saul Alinsky Taught the Radical Left to Use Ridicule, Slander and Intimidation to Silence Conservatives and Advance Its Radical Agenda (Birnham Woods Publishing, 2012), I show how today’s leftists use accusations of racism, white privilege, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and greed to silence conservatives and marginalize their viewpoints.

Alinsky is the father of radical activism. His 1972 book, Rules for Radicals, codifies the revolutionary tactics he used to organize unions, minorities, and the poor to seize power from the “Haves” for redistribution to the “Have-Nots.”

In 1984, George Orwell said that totalitarian governments seek to make dissenting modes of thought impossible. This is precisely what today’s left-wing radicals attempt to do through the routine use of Alinsky’s tactics.

Few of today’s leftists know who Alinsky was or what he represented. Fewer still have read Rules or his prior book, Reveille for Radicals. Yet today union organizers, gay marriage activists, black civil rights agitators, radical feminists, and open-border’s advocates employ his tactics to the letter. They do so because those tactics have, through decades of practiced use, become part of the leftist DNA. The left-wing agitator doesn’t need to read Saul Alinsky’s Rules because those rules have been absorbed into the radical agitation machine like water is absorbed into a root.

In Fanning the Flames, I emphasize Alinsky’s oft-repeated instruction to radicals to use any means necessary to achieve their radical ends. “The only question the radical asks of a particular means,” Alinsky said, is “will it work.” My book illustrates through myriad real world examples how deeply today’s left has taken this instruction to heart.

To read more about the book, including its Table of Contents and Introduction, please visit the website.

If you have a Kindle, you might give this a try.

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  • Mr Evilwrench

    It’s really funny when one of them comes up against someone that’s not only immune to their tactics, but turns them around and uses them. I try to do that myself

  • Gunny G

    May Alinsky roast in Hell for eternity and be on the Hell Welcome Wagon for ALL LIBERALS!

  • Laurie

    Yeah, so they’ve identified the problem…..again.

    So what are we going to do about it?

  • Sam Adams

    Laurie, first we need to “call a spade, a spade.”

    These leftists are anti-Americans. They oppose the founding principles of our country. Their ideas are obviously so good that they must be mandatory and no dissent is allowed.

    We need to call them the anti-American, Freedom-Hating Statists that they are. The democrat party was the party of slavery of blacks in the 19th century. They were the party of Jim Crow laws, and the party that lead to the destruction of black families, as well as countless inner cities. They have destroyed our public education system and are attempting to destroy everything else.

    They are traitors and need to be called such.

    Forgive me….they are racist anti-American traitors.

    There…that’s a start.

  • JPhat

    The next Alinsky-ite is being primed by the media. Hillary to run in 2016 if we survive that long.

    Who helped start the Arab Spring? if you guessed Obama, you win 3 internets. In 2009, he gave a speech in Cairo. At that speech, at his request, the Muslim Brotherhood was in attendance. They were banned by Mubarak’s govt but Obama led them in their ways. By 2011, roughly 100,000 people led a revolt of a country populated by 22 million. American leftists agitators were their to help.

  • Bo-Jangles

    Alinsky’s tactics are especially effective in a society populated by weak, gullible, sheep. That’s why they’re working so well here.

  • Joek Loth

    “Saul Alinsky, ain’t dat da Jew deli down on da corner of turdey turd n turd avenues??” Just kidding, alinsky ranks right up there with hitler and stalin in his tactics and his ultimate outcome.

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