Kurt Schlichter Shoves Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals" Right Back In "The Left's Ugly Face"

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Authored by Kurt Schlichter via Townhall.com,

The Left is getting massively out-Alinsky'd, and the hilarious thing is that this band of withered hippies, unemployable millennial safe-space cases, and unlovable and unshaven libfeminists don’t even know it.

Oh, their masters sure know it. Soros is bitterly having to ramp up his infusions of blood money to keep his community-organized “grassroots” movements afloat. The less dumb ones among the lying dinosaur media are panicking as their influence fades, and Chuck Schumer is enduring such a non-stop parade of serial humiliations that if the Senate were a penitentiary, he’d be McConnell’s prison Mitch.

The Leftist mafia godmaleidentifyingparents pulling the strings of the Marxist Muppets know the score – they are losing. And it’s awesome. Because, finally, the Right has taken Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and shoved it up where #TheResistance don’t shine.

Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. You yelled “Follow me!” and led a movement that had previously been dominated by doofy wonks and bow-tied geeks over the top in a glorious bayonet charge against the paper tiger liberal elite. The Left hadn’t taken a good, solid gut punch since Ronald Reagan turned the Oval Office keys over to the wimpcons who found fighting Democrats uncouth because conflict made for awkward luncheons down at the club. Bizarrely, the guy who picked up the standard and carried it forward when our beloved commander was felled by fate was a New York billionaire with no identifiable ideological foundation who instinctively understood the one thing that could make up for his other failings: He knows how to fight liberals and win. For Donald Trump and the revitalized conservative movement, Alinsky's book isn’t some dusty old commie tome - it’s a lifestyle.

Alinsky’s Rules are relatively simple, and they make sense when you are fighting a conventional opponent with an interest in maintaining the status quo. The Rules are terrific for dealing with an old-school conservative guy who drives a Buick, enjoys gardening, and doesn’t want any trouble. They aren’t so effective against conservative brawlers who like to punch, and who aren’t too fussy about whether it’s with tweets or with fists.

The Rules are not some magic incantation; they are simply some tactical principles that work in certain kinds of fights against certain kinds of opponents – particularly ones willing to unilaterally disarm in the face of an unprincipled enemy. But once the secret is out, it’s relatively easy to turn them around on an enemy that is so stupid it thinks it’s going to gain widespread acceptance among normal Americans by dressing up as genitalia. That’s why the thirteen classic Alinsky Rules are playing out right now in a way the Left did not expect.

Rule 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Actually, we now have a lot of power. No, we don’t have direct power over liberal bastions like Hollywood, the media and academia, but by threatening to use governmental levers of power to impact their tax breaks, copyright laws, and subsidies, we can pound them into submission. And Trump is clearly willing to use all his powers to beat the living liberalism out of our enemy.


Wait, this is where the Fredocons loosen their bow ties and stutter, “Why…we can’t…Professor Wellington Wimpenheimer IV would not approve…it’s so mean…oh, well I never!”


Wake up. Man up. If you ever want to win (and maybe someday even kiss a girl) you need to get real. They hate us, and we either win or we spend the rest of our miserable lives as Boxer the Horse, slaving away to fund the welfare state under the lash of the Left until it decides it’s time to pack us off to the glue factory.


Rule 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people” and Rule 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.Stupid GOP wonkcons want to fight to where the liberals are strong, like on entitlements. Trump is smart enough to fight where liberals are weak, like on the economy. And he’s going to throw down some serious jujitsu by doing a liberal thing – infrastructure spending – in a conservative way. He's a developer – he knows how to build stuff, and he will freak the Left out by delivering concrete results (not the least of them, a wall) where liberals (for whom “infrastructure” means giving our money to their deadbeat constituents) never actually build stuff anymore. As a conservative, I’m not thrilled about “infrastructure” spending. But as a conservative insurgent who wants to see the Left on its collective collectivist back, twitching like a dying roach, I’m thrilled.


Rule 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” This is not so much about pointing out the lies and hypocrisy that constitute Leftist orthodoxy – the vicious racism they deny is racism because it’s anti-white, the racism against non-whites who refuse to serve a liberal master, the sexism against women who think babies should be actually be born, and so on. It’s about not letting them tie us into knots by using our morals and values as bear traps to immobilize and neutralize us. Fortunately, most of us have discovered how losing our superficial “political values” helps us regain our freedom. We have embraced the power of not #caring. And liberals have no idea what to do when they shout “Trump is a meanie,” and we shrug, smile, and bust out with an impromptu interpretive dance to celebrate Neil Gorsuch.


Rule 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” Actually, the AR15 a more potent weapon, but ridicule will do as long as the Left doesn't try to make good on its countless threats of violence and tyranny. Regardless, we finally we have a conservative corps that is willing to mock the members of that motley collection of pompous, inept, lying jerks we call the Democrat Party and its media catamite corps. When they turn around and try to mock us back, well, we aren’t watching their late night hack comics anymore, and frankly they can make all the jokes they want. The punchline is still going to be “And then the Republicans repealed Obamacare.”


Rule 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” I’m having fun watching the liberals lose. How about you?


Rule 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” I don’t know – I doubt I am ever going to be tired of so much #winning.


Rule 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.Remember the Trump outrage du jour a couple days ago when we were supposed to be on the verge of war with Australia? Well, Down Under’s kangaroos and giant scary spiders still wander freely, and we’ve long since moved on. President Trump has been busy owning the news cycle with appointments, executive orders, and the occasional squirrel-sighting tweet that sends the media chasing off on a rodent-seeking tangent. Oh no, Kellyanne Conway said to buy Ivanka’s stuff – if I ever cared (and I never did), I’ve already moved on to giggling about the progressive freak out over ICE being allowed to do its job again.


Rule 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” No, Alinsky was wrong. The thing itself is much, much worse – as Democrats will find out when President Trump signs the law mandating national concealed carry reciprocity.


Rule 10: “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” Democrats are trying to do the massive resistance thing again, and it’s going about as well as when they tried the massive resistance thing against integration. It may arouse libs in blue cities and on soon-to-be-defunded college campuses, but normals are getting tired of the nonstop Leftist nonsense. See Rule 7. Conversely, Trump’s nonstop series of orders, appointments, and policies seems to be helping him – mostly because they are popular.


Rule 11: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Unhinged Leftist obstruction, including violence, is driving people right. However, leftist harping on Trump’s rough edges seems to be backfiring – instead of “Oh my, what a brute!” people seem to be saying “Good. He fights.”


Rule 12: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Trump has a program and it’s popular. What’s the Democrats’ program? “Give us more of your money so we can buy votes from welfare cheats, and then we’ll lecture you on your privilege?


The Democrats have no meaningful policies because their entire focus is on them regaining and keeping power – that’s their desired end state, not a country made great again, and that’s why they get no traction anywhere on the map outside of the dysfunctional blue spots. Watch for then to eventually seriously propose secession by the liberal states – after the last few months, I’ve been tempted to move my novel People’s Republic, about California ignoring the admonition to never go full Venezuela, over to the nonfiction section.


Rule 13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.Well, they try to. They try to make Trump a demonic chimera composed of bits and pieces of Hitler, Mussolini, and more Hitler, and he just doesn’t care. We don’t care, because we know what they are really saying is that we normals are the monsters, that it’s not Trump governing that is illegitimate but that it is we normals having a voice in governing ourselves that is illegitimate.

And now we are woke, as the ridiculous Left would put it, to the Left’s tired Alinsky antics. We see it’s all a lie. It’s all a scam. And we aren’t playing the game by their rules anymore.

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Yen Cross's picture

 Saul Alinsky sp. Bitchez>>

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Yen Cross Feb 14, 2017 12:01 AM

Those radical leftards are Obama's bois

Here’s what Obama is “Cooking Up” to Sabotage Donald Trump’s Presidency



boi. 1. in the lesbian community, a young transgendered/androgynous/masculine person who is biologically female and presents themselves in a young, boyish way

TwelveOhOne's picture

His organization should be investigated.

ACP's picture

Hey Tylers, no story on Joy Villa's album soaring to #1 on amazon AND iTunes after wearing a MAGA dress at the political event called the grammies? It's directly related to financial news.

Ignatius's picture

Is the music any good or does Trump have a warehouse full of albums?


ACP's picture

Whether she's a supporter or not, brilliant marketing move. Prob a supporters since her designer is an outspoken gay immigrant Trump supporter.

truthseeker47's picture

The social media libs are complaining that Joy was "just seeking attention"!  Oh, the horror!  No honkywood celebs have ever done that on the grammies before!  Those libtards should wear a sign on their butt: "Kick me, I'm stupid".  Oh wait, they pretty much do that already.

Xena fobe's picture

The poor lady is getting death threats.

Misean's picture

She can afford to hire some security now. Maybe hire a lawyer and get some Justice working against those making terroristic threats. I am amazed that so many leftards can make ILLEGAL death threats and not get arrested, but some upset teenager posts on Faceplant a picture of a rifle and he's got a SWAT team ransacking his parents house at 3 am.

keep the bastards honest's picture

The comments were outraged in the LA Times online. good on  her.

fleur de lis's picture

Obama should be happy enough that he got inserted into the White House.

He was presented to us as so very smart yet we have never seen his school transcripts.

Langley  should do something right for a change and get ahold of them and make them public.

If he were all that smart his transcripts would show it.

He went to Occidental, Harvard, and Columbia but we haven't seen an example of his writing.

He doesn't even hold his pen properly which suggests he was not taught to do so during his formative years.

It's not adding up.

Does anyone remember any of his classmates coming forward to say they remember him?

If you sat next to someone in class who went on to be President wouldn't you remember?

Obama is one of the biggest sock puppets to end up in the White House but he is not smart enough to stay shut.

But he actually believes he's smart and is spending his time scheming against us.

He has no right to undermine this country after being a sock puppet for 8 years. 

Let's see his transcripts.


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Chris Dakota (not verified) fleur de lis Feb 14, 2017 5:19 AM

And he’s going to throw down some serious jujitsu by doing a liberal thing – infrastructure spending – in a conservative way. He's a developer – he knows how to build stuff, and he will freak the Left out by delivering concrete results (not the least of them, a wall) where liberals (for whom “infrastructure” means giving our money to their deadbeat constituents) never actually build stuff anymore. As a conservative, I’m not thrilled about “infrastructure” spending. But as a conservative insurgent who wants to see the Left on its collective collectivist back, twitching like a dying roach, I’m thrilled.

Infrastructure spending.

Not thrilled about it? Really?

Lake Oroville dam is going to fail, this lake and Shasta lake are the key to California's water supply. Oroville supplies Hollywood with water, LA is dead without it. Seems to me that liberal Jerry Brown (who's father built the dam and spillway without rebar) is responsible for destroying California when the dam fails. He spent $25 billion a year on illegals and almost nothing on dam maitainance. So like everything else they "said they were for" they aren't. Water is life, you neglect it and you have no more life. He was more invested in lack of water then he was abundance of water. He backed CALexit and now he is begging Trump for money.

Democrats don't take care of business, they let business fail like the dam. More interested in forcing corporations to build tranny bathrooms and organize riots than building. CA farming is essential to the entire country and he is starving the farmers of water, now they are going to really be washed up.

This is like taking candy from a child.

fleur de lis's picture

They need to start collecting all the records for the dam now.

The MSM will do everything in its power to blame Trump for typical Democrat infrastructure incompetance.

He needs to have every request for the dam's repair money and where the Dems spent it instead.

The Dems have to start accounting for their destructive stupidity.

A huge dam is crumbling out of neglect, an inept but heavily funded university is destroying property and forcing the taxpayers to pick up the tab, illegals are swamping the whole state while draining what is left of social services, and celebrities are acting for real and thinking they are policy makers instead of empty headed entertainers.

The whole state of California is insane.

Is-Be's picture

"Water is life."

That's hate speech.

Citizen_x's picture


Consider the " burrito bill " floated by the governator..

        ..."   in office, Schwarzenegger proposed a three-point plan to address the budget woes. First, Schwarzenegger proposed floating US $15 billion in bonds.

Californians have been fleeced by special interest and east coast banking since it's first day of statehood.  It's not called the golden state for no reason.  It can be suggested that the Spanish word/term for   " fee " ... is California.

Tristan Ludlow's picture

"Water is life..."  Sounds like Dune to me.  Maybe Trump is our Sleeper?  Kelly Ann is Alia. 

Xena fobe's picture

Chris, have you heard anything about floating plastic balls placed in the lake to prevent evaporation clogging the pumps?  I wonder if the pumps were operable, water could have been transferred to Thermolito after bay?

Ignatius's picture

Corrollary to rule 11:

"If you push something hard enough, it will fall over."  --  Thud's First Law

Supafly's picture

If you push something hard enough, you may punch a hole and drown in whatever it was you were trying to push back.

False_Profit's picture

We are down with this...Let's fight this unconventional political war!

Let's do this, you phucking snowflakes!


Keyser's picture

Screw the unconventional political war, how about baseball bats at 1 meter... Hell, we'll even let the punks have the first swing, but after that, it's hammer time... 

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

The Left hadn’t taken a good, solid gut punch since Ronald Reagan turned the Oval Office keys over to the wimpcons who found fighting Democrats uncouth because conflict made for awkward luncheons down at the club.


I am enjoying the new right.    It started with Florida activism in the hanging chad incident.  Now we are as good as lefties with the mayhem

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

The Left hadn’t taken a good, solid gut punch since Ronald Reagan turned the Oval Office keys over to the wimpcons who found fighting Democrats uncouth because conflict made for awkward luncheons down at the club.


I am enjoying the new right.    It started with Florida activism in the hanging chad incident.  Now we are as good as lefties with the mayhem

Misean's picture

"baseball bats at 1 meter"?!?!?!?!?!

They can have all the baseball bats they want.

I'll take one of these please.


at 2000 meters Alex. They can start swinging whenever they like. I suspect when the first snowflake's head POPS like a balloon the rest will drop bat and run.

GUS100CORRINA's picture


Just a concern that this guy is involved in anything that would subvert American government. That activity is TREASON.

swamp's picture

Wearing cement footwear.

Arnold's picture

Organic Detritus doesn't last long in the warm Bahama water.

urhotdogs's picture

Trump should call out Obama and his subversiveness at every turn.  Expose him for the traitor and liar he is.  Put Obama and his minions in a box

MasterBaitor's picture

I'd appreciate Trump taking Hillary to task. Bury that Bitch. Rid politics of her forever, Soros as well.

August's picture

I, for one, am sick of these endless attacks on George Will.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Who was Trump going to nominate for Secretary of Fight Club?

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Yay! We won! Libs can lick it.

More war, more fed, more promises...

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

RIP DNC, Dimflakes and RINO's. Your death is justly overdue.


I am the architect of the demise of the Western Empire and I have never read Rules for Radicals. Nor did I need to read it to reverse engineer Wall Street and then take it down permanently. Saul Alinsky can lick my balls in deference to my intellect and intelligence over his own. Moreover, Alinsky was an Ivory Tower Jew that did not have a blueprint for success in terms of taking on the man. Alinisky sold out with his 'in-your-face' manifesto for change. Alinsky's methods would only serve to get people targeted by the state, and labelled a radical subversive. Tactically, Alinsky had bad tactics that naïve activists would not even fall prey to today.


If the man wants to pay good money for good tactics let me know.

Polymarkos's picture

No, you're the architect of FAP FAP FAP in your mom's basement.


Good job at puffing yourself up. That's a typical commie tactic.  Now go drink Drano.


You are projecting, Poly-masturbator.


I sold mother dearest's basement more than a decade ago.


And I'm not kidding whatsoever about my engineering skills.

Not My Real Name's picture

"Engineering skills" LOL

As a real engineer, I assure you that being able to "reverse engineer" something doesn't make you an engineer or bestow "engineering skills" upon you.

Well ... except in places like China and North Korea.

Misean's picture

"No man is worth more than three times another man." Plato.


Go back to your cave and play with yourself and your shadows before you hurt yourself, deary.

Dealyer Turdin's picture

There are tactics and tictacs and then there are blunders in the dark where people who are in need of tictacs give away their position by their very bad breath from eating corpses when a full life in the sun would have been better but I guess it's too late now.
All roads lead to the roman aqueducts anyway. It's not about taking on the man, it's about running him over and cutting off his stream of consciousness ramble from the Unhinged Ones Out There.
Which is to say, not to oppose but to not see the shrouded ones on your moonlit electric mountain bike joyride and to plow through them may be a more efficient...
Art of Wore.


It is better to annihilate the entire cybernetic system that funds the man than it is to destroy the man outright. The man deserves to suffer the same indignity of abject poverty that he has imposed on the indentured into servitude. It will be a humble experience for the man that he will never be able to forget.

stubb's picture

*Ivory Tower Jew who did not

Frito's picture

I wonder, was Kurt's nickname in high school Shitlicker, coz I can't read his name without seeing Shitlicker.

Nothing against the guy though :-)

swmnguy's picture

That's appropriate, considering the quality of this article.

I'm tired of all the cutesy name-calling.  I don't think anybody had read or thought about Saul Alinsky in decades until Glenn Beck dug him up in 2008, and then the whole echo-chamber, needing a demon, made up a legend that Alinsky was ever influential.  In the same way the same people took the "Cloward-Piven Strategy" out of context and to absurd lengths to create yet another menacing straw man to demolish.

Obviously these people only ever talk to people who think like they do, and they believe their audience never talks to anybody with a different or informed opinion, either.  Otherwise they'd show a little respect for the intelligence of their readers.

Feel free to disagree, vehemently if you like, with the people supporting Planned Parenthood last Saturday, as an example.  Those people were not being paid by George Soros, weren't playing their part in a vast conspiracy, weren't an army of hairy-legged lesbians, weren't childless commie religion-haters, and all the rest of the bullshit propaganda.  They were people who have sincerely and deeply-held opinions you may disagree with.  To refuse to engage with those people on an intellectual level is to immediately cede any credibility with intelligent people.

I'd like to read some intelligent, informed debate on these topics.  I'm tired of being condescended to with the superficial, out-of-context bullshit laced with silly-ass made-up namecalling.  That's fine for 4th graders or people on that mental level.  Maybe that's TownHall.com's demographic.  It didn't used to be ZeroHedge's.

itstippy's picture

Thanks for the post, it was refreshing.

It's certainly not the old Zerohedge anymore.  The Tylers now post up a ton of political content; it outnumbers the economic content by 5:1.  That's OK I guess, Tylers need readers and politics reels them in.  I ignore most of it.  Hardcore Zeroheads aren't swept up by the Red Team/Blue Team zeal; we're way beyond that foolishness.

I hate it when the few economic posts we do get are invaded by commenters spewing yet more Red Team/Blue Team nonsense that has nothing to do with the topic at hand.  It's also sad that the one-liners are now (mostly) devoid of wit or humor.  Crude vulgarities worthy of Junior High locker rooms don't add anything to the conversation.

"Gold, Bitchez!", "Fuck Bernanke!" and "We (blanked) some folks!" never get old though, I admit. 

Misean's picture

Well I upvoted you for the first paragraph. You should have stopped there. As to the Saturday rally and funding, I hope you have facts to back that up. I'll check back in an hour or two and see if you've presented any before I change my vote or my post.

chiaroscuro's picture

I think people of differing opinions could easily be forgiven if they failed to pick up the cue that women dressed as genitalia were extending an invitation to intellectual debate. Madonna’s threats to blow up the White House didn’t exactly set the tone for an open forum of discussion either. As far as I can tell it was a bit unclear what issue(s) the Women’s March was hoping to address. Was it about abortion? Or was it just a chance for disenchanted Hillary supporters to vent, commiserate and further divide the country along gender lines? Perhaps if you could articulate for the rest of us a clear, intellectual argument reflecting a concern over which these women were marching you would elicit the quality of debate you seek.  


Addendum: I've realized that you were referencing recent protests specifically over defunding Planned Parenthood, rather than the earlier Women's March. Just the same, if you want a debate over abortion I'd be interested to hear your arguments.