July 22, 2014

When William F. Buckley Met Saul Alinsky

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If you don't know who Saul Alinksy is, you need to learn (biography here, Rules for Radicals here). Many of the tactics, especially on the left, are drawn from his ideas. Below is a five minute segment of William F. Buckley interviewing Alinsky in 1967 on Buckley's Firing Line program. Source: Hot Air Download the transcript (.pdf). Unfortunately, only five minutes of this December 1967 edition of Buckley’s seminal Firing Line program is online the above clip, but you can read a transcript of the entire interview at the Hoover Institute, or buy a DVD of the program for ten dollars from Amazon. At one point, Buckley describes Alinsky’s philosophy: Look, this is a program of things we want, if you don’t give it to us, we’re going to make it impossible for Chicago to continue commercial or civic life at all. Alinsky eventually argues: I’ll put it another way. I said that evolution is a chronological term used by non-participating historians to denote a time … [Read more...]

Acton Institute: Alinsky for Dummies

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For those who don't know how Saul Alinsky influenced some of our current political and cultural leaders, listen to this primer on Alinsky held a few months back at the Acton Institute. Alinsky's methodology came of age in the 1960's and 1970's and has been institutionalized especially in the academy and the cultural left where aging radicals still believe the mythology of the chosen generation. For a deeper treatment see: Why There Is A Culture War: Gramsci and Tocqueville in America. Source: Acton Institute blog From the Acton Institute Blog: We’re posting the audio from Mr. Joseph Morris’ excellent May 6 Acton Lecture Series presentation, Alinsky for Dummies: His Persistent Influence and Its Meaning for American Society and Politics. As Lord Acton warned that power corrupts, Saul Alinsky — the father of modern “community organizing” — rejoiced that corruption empowers. As Morris pointed out, decades after Alinsky’s death … [Read more...]