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Rules for Radicals
  • Rules for Radicals

    A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals


    Saul D. Alinksy. 


    Random House: 1971. Fifth printing. Hardcover in a jacket. Near fine. 


    "What I have to say in this book is not the arrogance of unsolicited advice. It is the experience and counsel that so many young people have questioned me about through all-night sessions on hundreds of campuses in America. It is for those young radicals who are committed to the fight, committed to life. 

    Remember we are talking about revolution, not revelation: you can miss the target by shooting too high as well as too low. First, there are no rules for revolution any more than there are rules for love or rules for happiness, but there are rules for radicals who want to change their world; there are certain central concepts of action in human politics that operate regardless of the scene or the time. To know these is basic to a pragmatic attack on the system. These rules make the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one who uses the tired old words and slogans." 

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