Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Rules For Radicals: "....The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."

Chicago brass-knuckles politics.

Last seen in 2021's "The Origins Of Social Sadism and The Sadocratic Impulse As Seen On Social Media"

You won't be disappointed if you approach this stuff thinking "People will do whatever they think they can get away with" China will invade Taiwan when then think they can get away with it. The corollary is also true: Guys don't attack the world heavyweight boxing champion, they think they won't get away with it.

And if you find someone not pushing their advantage to dominate and hurt others rejoice in tiny treasures and simple pleasures.

Rules for Radicals was originally conceived by Saul Alinsky as part of a larger war against politicians who got in his way, the tactics and techniques have been formalized and disseminated in colleges and universities and are now used against pretty much anyone that one disagrees with.

From Rules for Radicals, seventh chapter: Tactics:

Rules for Radicals #13

....The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that the organizer should always regard as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and "frozen." 


See also then-Senator from Illinois and presidential candidate Barack Obama:

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”

—The New York Times, reported on 14 June 2008

Mr. Alinsky particularly liked the prostitutes that worked for Al Capone's mob after Frank Nitti took over the operation. They were helpless and he could have his way with them. He liked that a lot.

For an interesting take on Alinsky's methods see:

An Analysis of the Alinsky Model
Hillary D. Rodham
Wellesley College
2 May 1969

And more generally:
Saul Alinsky: Playboy Interview (1972)