Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, as applied in the Trump era

Peter Baggins, Ph.D.

Mainstream media, Hollywood, Academia and the Regressive Left in general have adopted Saul Alinsky’s infamous “Rules for Radicals.” If you know what the “rules” are, you can better predict what’s coming from these Left Wing saboteurs.  Keep in mind that these days the Enemy referred to in the “Rules” is the Trump administration, particularly the President, his top advisers, the press secretary and cabinet members. Out on the street the category of Enemy can be expanded to “anybody who disagrees with you.”

Here’s a quick look at some of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

Exhibit A here are the Saturday Night Live sketches ridiculing Trump (Alec Baldwin) and Press Secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) that have resulted in a ratings bonanza for a show that was otherwise fading from view.

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on SNL

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“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.  Besides Trump of course, the Leftwing media’s main targets have been Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Ivanka Trump, and now Michael Flynn. There will be others.

Hollywood’s favorite weapon is “blacklisting” anyone who dares support Trump, including actors Antonio Sabato and Stacey Dash. This is a kind of “reverse McCarthyism” that is currently in full swing and full view without a word of critique from our social justice warriors.

One wonders about Joy Villa’s future in the music business after she showed up at the Grammys in a Trump dress:


Joy Villa at the Grammys

Asked why she decided to essentially troll the Grammys, Villa explained that she was “tired” of Hollywood’s treatment of Trump supporters.

“I was tired of the bullying,” she said in a phone interview. “I was tired of being pushed down so that I couldn’t say my beliefs. And being fearful of losing sales. Losing fans. Losing bookings. Losing contracts and sponsorship. You know, that’s my day to day. And a lot of my friends have the same thing. And we live in Hollywood, which is supposed to be the most open viewpoint city. But the truth is there was a lot of hate and a lot of negativity and I wanted to change the storyline to love and support and unity as an American.”

When it comes to being a Trump supporter in the entertainment industry, Villa said that in her experience “either you don’t talk about it with your friends because you fear you will lose friendships and you will incite negativity. Or you don’t say it at all.”

The same tactic is used in academia.

“Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”

Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

The mainstream media excels at this. Besides daily op-eds and “fake news”, another weapon has been publishing illegal leaks of sensitive information. This includes selecting out of context anything that the press could use to undermine the President, from his phone calls to foreign leaders. More recently, a more sinister step has been taken.

Members of the unelected, unaccountable intelligence community targeted the President’s National Security advisor, Michael Flynn, by leaking anonymously to newspapers the content of classified phone intercepts.  As we witnessed by the forced resignation of Flynn, this unverified, unsubstantiated information can inflict politically fatal damage almost instantaneously.

This activity has given rise to well-founded belief in a so-called “deep state coup,” in which anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats are working to undermine the new president and his advisers by leaking confidential information outside normal democratic processes (e.g., Congressional hearings). These are likely #NeverTrump neocons hired during the Bush years, as well as Obama hires hostile not only to Trump but especially to Flynn who was fired by Obama because of his strong stand on radical Islam. Rather than a resilient system of checks and balances, this new Leftwing tactic is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America’s democratic institutions.

“The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.”

It’s obvious that the anti-Trump campaign has involved unceasing pressure, most apparent in the continuing, everyday deluge of negative articles in the media. You can expect more of the same as well as new tactics to emerge during Trump’s tenure. The ultimate goal is to destroy Trump, via impeachment or some other means.

“A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ways of doing it. Probably the favorite, most enjoyable tactic of the Left is marching and protesting, especially the burning and trashing of public places, not to mention physical assaults on the Enemy …  any American who disagrees with their politics. The question is not whether it’s moral or fair or violates free speech, but whether the protesters enjoy doing it.

“A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”

Don’t become old news. Stop talking about Trump not publicizing his tax returns and his sexual behavior and get on to the travel ban, then the Flynn resignation, then …. Maybe something will stick. Better to hit and run, than to stick it out and fight to the end. A good exhibit here is the overturning of Trump’s legal travel ban on individuals from terrorist states who cannot be properly vetted. 80% of the rulings of the Ninth District Court have been overturned. Expect the same of this latest judicial atrocity. It will eventually be overturned, but the skirmish has been won, and a new battle can be initiated whenever they please, with no adverse consequences — at least so far.

“If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”

The media assault on Trump has been relentless and continuing. Day after day. Eventually, this will likely sink in to a great number of people who may have voted for Trump. We see the same with the Black Lives Matter Movement. Just keep pushing the agenda and hope something good will happen. Money will come rolling in as the steam builds.

Tom Wolfe’s great American novel/satire, Bonfire of the Vanities, provides an excellent account of the inner workings of big city Black politics that is just as timely today as when it was written in 1987, thirty years ago.

In the end what we have today in America are some really evil people, some with access to the elite media who are thoroughly enjoying their First Amendment rights, and some willing to crack heads on the streets.

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21 Comments to "Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, as applied in the Trump era"

  1. RoyAlbrecht's Gravatar RoyAlbrecht
    February 16, 2017 - 3:58 pm | Permalink

    When reading this, considering I live in Iceland…, the land of cuck-serving, conforming Liberals that are owned by Jews…, as much as I try to convince myself that things are better here…, it simply reinforces my wishfully denying suspicions that I am being, gang-stalked and set-up.

    It’s not as if I have no experience with gang-stalkers. Growing up in Hamilton Ontario, having gone under cover in the GDR while a sports journalist, El Salvador, the list is extensive…

    Since We are in the minority and the brave are few and far between…, I too can expect that one day in the near future…, an “accident” will occur.

    It will be the moment I am finally set free.

    My community centre is full of SJW “actors”, my job takes place in the early hours of the morning when almost no one is on the streets, and I work for one of the most criminally connected News networks on the planet…

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

    • Poupon Marx's Gravatar Poupon Marx
      February 17, 2017 - 1:04 pm | Permalink

      You appear to have been around for a while and seen a lot. Let me ask you: do you see any way out of this downward spiral other than out and out fight to the “finish”, one man left standing, and unconditional surrender?

      • RoyAlbrecht's Gravatar RoyAlbrecht
        February 17, 2017 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

        The way I see it is that Northern Europeans have been travelling around the world in their Viking long-boats long before the Jews got into the business of manufacturing history to suit their own twisted ends.

        Along the way these Norse men deposited their fair share of semen into the wombs of the various women they encountered leaving a trail of mixed Aryan offspring with European paternal DNA.

        These hybrid people are scattered all across the planet and no matter where they are found, even though they may be primitively living, they all seem to share a higher level of trust and honour than your average Semitic Thief.

        ALL these people need to be tapped, and recruited to our side because they can influence the Jew owned “Antifa” foot soldiers from within to join us in undercutting support for the numerically disadvantaged Filthy Jew.

        The Jew is psychopathic by nature and will never surrender power. The filthy Jew would rather spoil the playing board before conceding the game. The foot soldiers of the Jews are too stupid to understand the long term implications of certain lifestyles, but if higher bred hybrid kinsmen are made to understand what is happening, their own intra-Racial leadership will take back the foot soldiers that they Jews are presently relying upon to do their dirty work.

        Fighting is to be avoided until the Jew is marginalized to the point of not being able to put up any meaningful resistance because to fight while the Jew has the darker Races under its spell would surely mean WW3 and the contamination of the planet.

        We need to do to the Jew what the Jew has done to us…: namely marginalize, alienate and then disarm.

        • Sandman's Gravatar Sandman
          February 17, 2017 - 8:14 pm | Permalink

          Correct. It will take just a few Bill Kristol types to upset the board of planet earth if they fear checkmate. They’ll push those buttons as they let the expletives fly. Fully convinced that they are the world’s greatest victims.

      • pb's Gravatar pb
        February 18, 2017 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

        The hope for the Trump administration is to defeat the Leftwing media. As I see things his audacity at criticizing them has only fueled the flames even more. Expect even worse media coverage in the short term, but this could mean a further decline in their ratings. As long as Trump continues to be effective in governing and dismantling the Obama legacy, and keeps the pressure on fake new journalists who have disgraced their profession, I expect that things will go well in the 2018 elections. This will be the first true test of the battle for the “hearts and minds” of Americans and the degree of influence that the MSM has retained.

    • norm741's Gravatar norm741
      February 17, 2017 - 2:26 pm | Permalink

      Iceland was the only country to take in Bobby Fisher and stand up against the crooked banks. Can’t be all bad

      • Alan Donelson's Gravatar Alan Donelson
        February 20, 2017 - 2:48 pm | Permalink

        AMEN. May Bobby Fischer RIP. Beloved of those of us who played chess as youngsters at the time (I still have news clippings of his match with Spassky!), we got “red-pilled” (!) as Grand Master Fischer headed toward his personal sunset, well before “revolutions” were colored coded and the meaning of two colors of pills — red and blue — was revealed in The Matrix, an otherwise sad, duplitious, transhuman exercise of Horrorworld. Today, we have to beware purple dots on paper, I suggest.

      • RoyAlbrecht's Gravatar RoyAlbrecht
        February 21, 2017 - 8:30 am | Permalink

        On balance, Iceland is far better than either The Jewminion of Kafkada or Jewermany especially in terms of Free Speech. Nevertheless, Iceland is far from perfect and deserves its fair share of criticism.

        For one, Iceland is controlled by an…, as yet…, precisely undefinable mixture of Jewish and their Icelandic Masonic Criminals.

        Second, Icelanders (non-crypto-Jewish ones) are both afraid of acting and duped as to the mechanisms by which they are being swindled and therefore unwilling to put up any meaningful resistance to the Filthy Jews.

        Third, Icelanders have strong workers’ unions that are quite wealthy and powerful and on balance fairly equitable with respect to the over 90% White homogeneous society. Things are not nearly as bad here economically or socially (visa-vie the plague of diversity) compared to the rest of the (once?) White West. The path to a materially secure future is relatively easy to acquire here for those who want to and those who do not want to work. So most Icelanders are happy to gaze into their various Röntgen emitting, mind controlling devices while munching on their processed foods and living from hand to mouth.

        Forth, I also strongly suspect that Icelanders, although possessed with physical strengths far above the norm compared to the rest of the world, and have reportedly high IQs, may have a certain amount of Sami
        blood in them.
        This admixture, although contributing to their ability to withstand the adverse weather conditions here, also make them Racially susceptible to a sort of herd mentality, multi-culturalitise and therefore predisposes them to being unwilling to look at behaviour from a racial perspective.

        Fifth, The fact that Bobby fisher was given citizenship and accorded his fair share of publicity in the Icelandic media, and arguably put Iceland on the international map with his “greatest match of all time”, his death day falls within the time frame of the Reykjavik open. This internationally accredited tournament, one of the three or four biggest open events in the world (if I am not mistaken), sees at most one Russian honouring his grave with flowers at a time when some hundreds of the worlds best players are on the island. This tells you a lot about how much Icelanders are willing to risk in the name of truth and free speech.

        Sixth, the media has convinced Icelanders that they are a “self-sufficient folk” and although they tend to herd together when socializing, they also have a tendency to change colours on a dime depending on who has the power. Before the election, the population was overwhelmingly supporting Hillary, but now that Trump is in power, their tune has become markedly softer and more inviting.
        In other words, IMO, since they pretty well know Jews run the show, Icelanders prefer to kiss Jewish ass and profit from the cuck-suckery rather than be the true Altruists that they project themselves to be in the eyes of the international tourism media and face the wrath that all this entails.

        Lastly, from a strictly corporeal survival point of view, Iceland has been far better to me than that Jew contaminated sh!t hole of Canada. I am not sure if this will last or what will become of me, but at least I have the hope of living a “normal” life here. I thank Iceland for that.

  2. February 16, 2017 - 4:25 pm | Permalink

    All the techniques here rely on media power. It’s difficult to estimate how rapidly this is fading; but it certainly is fading. Help it fade!

    • PB's Gravatar PB
      February 17, 2017 - 6:54 am | Permalink

      Yes, they are fading, but not fast or far enough. Boycott all Left controlled networks, including ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, BBC & PBS.

      • T. J.'s Gravatar T. J.
        February 17, 2017 - 4:40 pm | Permalink


        Only tune in to the Right controlled networks, including

      • MGD's Gravatar MGD
        February 17, 2017 - 4:57 pm | Permalink

        Cuckservative FOX too.

  3. Brent G's Gravatar Brent G
    February 16, 2017 - 10:07 pm | Permalink

    It aint working.

    First Twitter has given Trump direct access to folks regardless of the unelected cabal of elites.

    Second in less than a month Trump has shown himself to be a man of action and kept his word on some promises – unheard of in modern politics e.g. “Read my lips. No new taxes.” Compared to chaotic and incompetent Obama, Trump is a breath of fresh air.

    My advice to Trump cohorts is to remain steadfast and avoid the trap of overreacting like Nixon – exactly what the opposition wants. Trump should also not give in political correctness – we don’t need an Indian from Bombay as our rainbow representative to the UN or Latinos in cabinet even token posts. There were no Patels from Calcutta and Miguels on the Mayflower.

    • PB's Gravatar PB
      February 17, 2017 - 6:52 am | Permalink

      Good advice, I hope Mr. trump is listening.

    • Lynda's Gravatar Lynda
      February 17, 2017 - 9:58 pm | Permalink

      The sturm und drang of the Election threw up Pizzagate/Pedogate. This is a gift to the man who would be president on the platform of his election.

      This is the quickest and surest way to take the pikehooks, the gas bottle and nets into The Swamp aka the 7th Floor Group aka the ZOG Deep State.

      The Satanism of the Political Elites, the Ninth Gate Pedos, the engineers of the non separation of Synagogue and State, the mindcontrollers and the FNN must be wrangled out of The Swamp.

      They must be marched through the streets of DC with their minions and put on display in the arena. The American plebs want to hear ‘the we who are about to die’ salute from these Globalist/Communist, Israel First traitors, these Jew bought-and-paid-for politutes, these FNN Liars.

  4. Blanco Diablo's Gravatar Blanco Diablo
    February 17, 2017 - 6:38 am | Permalink

    The blatant lies about black victimization and the formation of groups like BLM are right out of Alynsky’s rules. Get people rallied around a cause and redirect. BLM is an obvious Marxist movement used to rally blacks to vote for the Hildebeast. It is encouraging to see that it did not work this time.

    • Nick Dean's Gravatar Nick Dean
      February 17, 2017 - 3:52 pm | Permalink

      You’re missing out the word that explained it all: Jews.

      Proportion, limits, borders, accuracy, source, support, suppliance. neatness, conformity, silence, vocalization, orientation, interest, motivation, money, mere fact. All of these say ‘Jews’ about BLM or HRC. Jews were the thing.

      No other interest group even seems to have existed when compared.

  5. Robert Bloc's Gravatar Robert Bloc
    February 17, 2017 - 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Excellent article. Forgive a quibble. The 80% reversal rate for the 9th Circuit (not district) can’t be correct. The only Court that can reverse the 9th Circuit is the Supreme Court. They take very few cases on appeal. A very high percentage of 9th Circuit decisions would necessarily stand. I believe the source for that peculiar number is our President who has many virtues. Sweating the details is not his style. Getting picky details right is more an Obama thing. Of course the downside is that he is pure evil.

    • Guest's Gravatar Guest
      February 19, 2017 - 12:33 pm | Permalink

      Robert Bloc: The source for the 80% figure is The American Bar Association list of “Disposition of Cases by the Supreme Court”; in the period 2000-2008 the SC reversed 107 judgements of the 9th This amounted to 80%, putting the 9th Circuit Court in second place re reversals by the SC.

  6. Nick Dean's Gravatar Nick Dean
    February 17, 2017 - 3:27 pm | Permalink

    If Alinksy is effective and spooks you alt-right fellas so much, why haven’t you thought to turn his magic back on specific Jews and specific anti-Whites instead of responding to “the Mainstream media, Hollywood, Academia and the Regressive Left in general”?

    I wonder, Taylor / Get real, MacDonald.

    Just saying the damn obvious.

  7. Michael Adkins's Gravatar Michael Adkins
    February 21, 2017 - 9:13 am | Permalink

    Some years ago the corporate media barked, “the news is what we say it is!”

    Things haven’t changed because the narrative hasn’t changed in decades.

    Examples: White-on-Black crime is reported nationally, Black-on-White is reported locally never nationally. When is the last time any of us heard the latter on ABC, CBS or NBC?

    Two, is there such a thing as Jewish-on-White crime or Japanese-on-White crime (especially in the workplace)? Of course there is, it’s just not reported.

    “So, can we as European Americans say we have a free press?”

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