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Thread: The Alinsky Rules - We need to use 'em

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    The Alinsky Rules - We need to use 'em

    1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.

    2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.

    3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.

    4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.

    5. “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.

    6. “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 ones.

    7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.

    8. “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.

    9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.

    10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.

    11. “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.

    12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.

    13. “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.

    Note how people who disagree are characterized as “the enemy.” Note too the other military metaphors: “weapon,” “attack,” “target.” Familiar, huh? Turn around is fair play.


    Do you think we could use these tactics? Why yes, yes we could. And should.
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    Coming To A Country Near You... Oh wait, 1st Episode is already on Paid By You

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    We quite possibly are at rhe begining of that cycle

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    Quote Originally Posted by sightpicture View Post
    Coming To A Country Near You... Oh wait, 1st Episode is already on Paid By You

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    Why dont you ask your favorite country about the ecomonic warfare they unleashed on venezuela, everyone seems to have quietly fforgotten that.
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    I'm afraid the rules appear to have been used on us already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Konev View Post
    Why dont you ask your favorite country about the ecomonic warfare they unleashed on venezuela, everyone seems to have quietly fforgotten that.
    Well, my favorite country is New Zealand, so you're aim is off.

    No other country has 'unleashed economic warfare' on Venezuela - Chavez and Maduro ran their country and their people into the ground all on their own.

    On 2 June 2010, Chávez declared an "economic war" because of the increasing shortages in Venezuela. The crisis intensified under the Maduro government, growing more severe as a result of low oil prices in early 2015, and a drop in Venezuela's oil production from lack of maintenance and investment.

    The government failed to cut spending in the face of falling oil revenues, and has dealt with the crisis by denying it exists and violently repressing opposition.

    Political corruption, chronic shortages of food and medicine, closure of companies, unemployment, deterioration of productivity, authoritarianism, human rights violations, gross economic mismanagement and high dependence on oil have also contributed to the worsening crisis.

    The contraction of national and per capita GDPs in Venezuela from 2013–17 was more severe than that of the United States during the Great Depression, or of Russia, Cuba, and Albania following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    The IMF said the contraction in Venezuela's GDP—the largest since the Libyan Civil War began in 2014—was affecting all of Latin America.

    The annual inflation rate for consumer prices has risen hundreds and thousands of percentage points, while the economy contracted by nearly 20% in 2016. At the end of 2018, inflation had reached 1.35 million percent.

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/hugo-c...-report-claims

    But according to you, the butler dunnit? Yeah right.

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    USA has been screwing with them since Bush. Same pattern as everywhere else. Sanctions then civil way or 'intervention'

 

 

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