The 13 Main Alinsky Tactics


In the spirit of knowing your enemy… These were published in various forms, most commonly attributed to “Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals”. The entire document may be viewed.

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  1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
  2. Never go outside the experience of your people.
  3. Whenever possible go outside the experience of the enemy.
  4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
  5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
  6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
  7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
  8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics, and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
  9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
  10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
  11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
  12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
  13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize…

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2 thoughts on “The 13 Main Alinsky Tactics

  1. You reminded me, I hadn’t attributed this very well. I expanded that intro paragraph a bit, and found a copy of the entire “Rules For Radicals” online. Not sure I want to read it. Funny story, the NSA is likely tracking me now, as I couldn’t remember what the original document was called when I started out searching for it. Somewhere along the way I had heard of “The Anarchist’s Cookbook” so I looked that one up. Doh! That’s a complete online guide to do-it-yourself anarchism, including bomb-making and all kinds of bad stuff most of us would probably rather not see. So, I hope they don’t come bursting down my door in the middle of the night or something.

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