Posted by: John Gillmartin | March 5, 2009

AMERICA’S LEFT CAN BE REVERSED: How to defeat them at their own game – Introduction!

Much of what is seen as politics in America is actually a war between amoral (secular relativism/humanism) and moral worldviews.

To most informed observers it appears to be a battle between those who lack much in the way of conscience and those who manifest behavior consistent with a conscience. I realize there is an abundance of subjectivity there but the data and simple observation suggests a majority would agree when qualified by the term apparent.

The persistent and general behavior of the former is described by some as psychopathic; lacking in social, moral and ethical limits. On the other hand the latter is described in polar opposite terms.

“A social scientist who understands human nature will not dismiss the vital roles of free choice, voluntary cooperation and moral integrity – as liberals do,” he says. “A political leader who understands human nature will not ignore individual differences in talent, drive, personal appeal and work ethic, and then try to impose economic and social equality on the population – as liberals do. And a legislator who understands human nature will not create an environment of rules which over-regulates and over-taxes the nation’s citizens, corrupts their character and reduces them to wards of the state – as liberals do.” [Dr. Lyle Rossiter, “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.”]

With the takeover of academia (read down in this article) by the radical left in the 70s, America lost its ability to nurture and succor its young. Perceiving abandonment by their elders our youth flocked to radical, left-leaning professors and mentors. Two generations of young people are  now well on their way to being virtual psychopaths, manifesting anti-American and anti-social behavior – collectively.

One of the mentors of our young was Saul D. Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals

Saul D. Alinskys Rules for Radicals

Saul D. Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Known as the “father of modern American radicalism,” … Alinsky (1909-1972) developed strategies and tactics that take the enormous, unfocused emotional energy of grassroots groups and transform[s] it into effective anti-government and anti-corporate activism.

Activist organizations [including our colleges  and universities] teach his ideas widely … as a set of model behaviors, and they use these principles to create an emotional commitment to victory – no matter what. [Craig Miyamoto, Dr. Bulldog & Ronin]

In this end of life manual for troublemaking, Alinsky posits his unspoken claim that everyone, I repeat, everyone is manipulatable to any, repeat, any end, friend or foe.

Radicals cannot be accused of thinking small – they think big indeed – the overthrow of our capitalistic foundations, especially those in America, has been a long held dream. Miyamoto says, “[Radical] grassroots pressure on large organizations is reality, and there is every indication that it will grow.” What could be a larger organization than the non-radical American public – over half of Lady Liberty’s children.

It is telling to remember no critical analysis of Alinsky’s views has concluded his rules, once applied, are irreversible … they are indeed reversible. Apart from reason, which likewise convinces me, my belief in The Living God sustains that belief.

The principal problem is that the left’s “enemies” (I suggest these are the moral or ethical among us) are neither a) as dedicated to success nor b) as willing to sacrifice for their cause as Alinskyites. However, as one expert observer pointed out “Rules for Radicals are reversible and can be used against the Left.”

Saul D. Alinsky - Commie

Saul D. Alinsky - Commie

In the first chapter, opening paragraph Alinsky writes, “What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away”. [The Purpose, Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals, Saul D. Alinsky]

Thus, this war (that’s what they call it) is about power, the power to control the lives of others.

At all times we must remember that a) alliances for Alinskyites (such as with Stalinists or organized crime) have no moral limits, means are immaterial – only ends (victory at all costs) matter and b) perception, not reality,  is everything. If these are properly grasped, the Left can be reversed.

Thus a weakness of the conservative right is exposed because: a) alliances have moral limits (ends do not justify the means) and b) reality is everything since objective ethics and morality are core elements of our worldview.

At it’s core the Rules are amoral relativism – James Lewis wrote in the American Thinker

The single most important point about Alinsky’s “community organizing” strategy is that normal people can be trained to act like psychopaths: To become convinced that a “higher morality” allows them to act without conscience. As Alinsky wrote admiringly about V.I. Lenin, well known as a large-scale murder leader:

“Lenin was a pragmatist; … he said that the Bolsheviks stood for getting power through the ballot box but would reconsider after they got the guns!”

This brings up the left’s assault on our Second Amendment right to bear arms. How will we loose our guns? According to the Rules, by any means possible. But in reality the near term solution will be by its slow and subtle overthrow through a series of crisis distortions and the marginalization of, demoralization of, and fragmentation of our military.

Because the conflicts manifest in high-profile public debate and often-panicked decision-making, studying Alinsky’s rules will help organizations develop counteractive strategies that can level the playing field. [Craig Miyamoto, Dr. Bulldog & Ronin]

Still, the Left can be reversed.

And remember, Rules for Radicals was dedicated to

“… the very first radical … who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”

This Alinsky icon is already defeated yet the evil he personifies is constantly at work on the Left.

At the time of this writing there is an orchestrated attack by the President of the United States upon a private citizen. Not all appreciate or even tolerate this private citizen but that is not the point. He is a citizen; his antagonist is the President.

Here we have the leader of the free world conducting an undenied smear campaign through surrogates against a private, law-abiding citizen in the midst of one of the greatest economic and geopolitical crisis periods of world history. Many on both sides of the battle are becoming concerned about Mr. Obama’s ability to recognize priorities.

Is it possible to reverse the advances of the left? Even defeat them? Yes it is (see comments section here): by being better at their  game, all the while maintaining our integrity, our ethics, and our moral core!

The following series is an exposition and critical analysis of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, followed by a concluding wrap-up on the whole series with recommendations.



  1. Excellent read – thanks. When I first started working against no-growth, environmental and NIMBY groups, I bought a copy of Alinsky’s book and read it cover to cover. It helped me to understand and predict the tactics of the opposition because they never stray far from the master’s feet.


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