SAUL ALINSKY ~ RULES FOR RADICALS ~ 1989

~ TATAPRCS-WTSBOAPR-ITAFTIIP ~ To Assume That A Political Revolution Can Survive – Without The Supporting Base Of A Popular Reformation – Is To Ask For The Impossible In Politics

~ GH-O-BP-AATNC-YBTD ~ Go Home – Organize – Build Power – And At The Next Convention – You Be The Delegates

~ YMKTPO ~ You Must Keep The Pressure On

~ GDAAGO ~ Great Dangers Always Accompany Great Opportunities

~ TPODITOPOTCGBAOTP ~ The Price Of Democracy Is The Ongoing Pursuit Of The Common Good By All Of The People

~ DITEOHF ~ Dogma Is The Enemy Of Human Freedom

~ DMBWFAAAETAT ~ Dogma Must Be Watched For And Apprehended At Every Turn And Twist

~ NISBMST-‘FTGW’ ~ No Ideology Should Be More Specific Than – “For The General Welfare”

~ TFSO-I-L-R-F-FFTSOD ~ The Free-Society Organizer – Is – Loose – Resilient – Fluid – Free From The Shackles Of Dogma

~ TBRFTUOTPOCITRTWAII-OMBFOTWOIOS-MOUVTWNAIIBAWWLITB ~ The Basic Requirement For The Understanding Of The Politics Of Change Is To Recognize The World As It Is – One Must Break Free Of The Web Of Illusions One Spins – Most Of Us View The World Not As It Is But As We Would Like It To Be

~ ITWAII-TSOEPICANO-TANPHOSE ~ In The World As It Is – The Solution Of Each Problem Inevitably Creates A New One – There Are No Permanent Happy Or Sad Endings

~ TDOAPA ‘P’O‘N’ITMOAPI ~ The Description Of Any Procedure As “Positive” Or “Negative” Is The Mark Of A Political Illiterate

~ CMM-MMF ~ Change Means Movement – Movement Means Friction

~ OCWTEOMAEVIODFTSOC ~ One’s Concern With The Ethics Of Means And Ends Varies Inversely With One’s Distance From The Scene Of Conflict

~ IOLTLOACAIPOOOM-TTEQWNA-ATLMBEWAMS ~ If One Lacks The Luxury Of A Choice And Is Possessed Of Only One Means – Then The Ethical Question Will Never Arise – Automatically The Lone Means Becomes Endowed With A Moral Spirit

~ TLITETBD-TMOCATEIEEOM ~ The Less Important The End To Be Desired – The More One Can Afford To Engage In Ethical Evaluations Of Means

~ AEMIAJBTOABU ~ Any Effective Means Is Automatically Judged By The Opposition As Being Unethical

~ IO-TMNITS-HTBCI-TLP ~ In Organizing – The Major Negative In The Situation – Has To Be Converted Into – The Leading Positive

~ TMOPOSSAFNLTAFW ~ The Masterpieces Of Philosophic Or Scientific Statement Are Frequently No Longer Than A Few Words

~ TTO-C-IAKABW-IIAPITPOO ~ To The Organizer – Compromise – Is A Key And Beautiful Word – It Is Always Present In The Pragmatics Of Operations

~ ASDOCIT ~ A Society Devoid Of Compromise Is Totalitarian

~ CITECOAFAOS ~ Conflict Is The Essential Core Of A Free And Open Society

~ TFOAOITRQ-TA-TBTTAP ~ The Function Of An Organizer Is To Raise Questions – That Agitate – That Break Through The Accepted Pattern

~ CAIGT ~ Curiosity And Irreverence Go Together

~ HIETAST-FTMPWKTMASAR ~ Humor Is Essential To A Successful Tactician – For The Most Potent Weapons Known To Mankind Are Satire And Ridicule

~ AOMA-WFOW-TTAAAA ~ An Organizer Must Accept – Without Fear Or Worry – That The Odds Are Always Against

~ TOICCTNOOTO ~ The Organizer Is Constantly Creating The New Out Of The Old

~ OCLAOTQOAO-WOE-TAOC ~ One Can Lack Any Of The Qualities Of An Organizer – With One Exception – The Art Of Communication

~ IDNMWYKAAIYCCTYP-ITDU-TYANC ~ It Does Not Matter What You Know About Anything If You Cannot Communicate To Your People – If They Don’t Understand – Then You Are Not Communicating

~ POUTITOTE-WMTYMGWTE ~ People Only Understand Things In Terms Of Their Experience – Which Means That You Must Get Within Their Experience

~ CIATWP-IYTTGYIATOWPATWTHTSTY-YCFATWT ~ Communication Is A Two-Way Process – If You Try To Get Your Ideas Across To Others Without Paying Attention To What They Have To Say To You – You Can Forget About The Whole Thing

~ YDCWAPOTRFOEOAI ~ You Don’t Communicate With Anyone Purely On The Rational Facts Or Ethics Of An Issue

~ THATA-AT-TBOTVMALTADAP ~ The Haves Are The Authorities – And Thus – The Beneficiaries Of The Various Myths And Legends That Always Develop Around Power

~ IPFTDHTPTCABS-TDNTAI ~ If People Feel They Don’t Have The Power To Change A Bad Situation – They Do Not Think About It

~ IIJAIFPTFU-MLAT-ATNI ~ It Is Just About Impossible For People To Fully Understand – Much Less Adhere To – A Totally New Idea

~ TFOC-I-OOODF-ANIMBATLCITLOPI ~ The Fear Of Change – Is – One Of Our Deepest Fears – A New Idea Must Be At The Least Couched In The Language Of Past Ideas

~ SOCAI-RTAT-FUTIC-PANCETA ~ Search Out Controversy And Issues – Rather Than Avoid Them – For Unless There Is Controversy – People Are Not Concerned Enough To Act

~ NOCNWTPTCN-TATOOAGW-RTOAPB-WBTASTTWHNYE ~ No One Can Negotiate Without The Power To Compel Negotiation – To Attempt To Operate On A Good-Will – Rather Than On A Power Basis – Would Be To Attempt Something That The World Has Not Yet Experienced

~ TOIBOTIATIABOOTO-OMBBOMI-ONAAAINO ~ The Organization Is Born Of The Issues And The Issues Are Born Out Of The Organization – Organizations Must Be Based On Many Issues – Organizations Need Action As An Individual Needs Oxygen

~ AEOEIAMAEPFTOAIIFTP ~ An Effective Organizational Experience Is As Much An Educational Process For The Organizer As It Is For The People

~ WL-WERTDOTP-TTCBDTERTPFITSTTOP ~ We Learn – When We Respect The Dignity Of The People – That They Cannot Be Denied The Elementary Right To Participate Fully In The Solutions To Their Own Problems

~ DOTOFPITDOHDAD ~ Denial Of The Opportunity For Participation Is The Denial Of Human Dignity And Democracy

~ EINP-WTLP-TBOAOB-STSOOPGFA ~ Education Is Not Propaganda – Without The Learning Process – The Building Of An Organization Becomes – Simply The Substitution Of One Power Group For Another

~ TCBNPFPS-B-TSSRR-IITPTAOMC ~ There Can Be No Prescriptions For Particular Situations – Because – The Same Situation Rarely Recurs – It Is The Principles That An Organizer Must Carry

~ UTPOTLBMTEOIOR ~ Use The Power Of The Law By Making The Establishment Obey Its Own Rules

~ TTIUMPTTTI ~ The Threat Is Usually More Powerful Than The Tactic Itself

~ EOMHTOTSPWATBTE-IA‘T’LOCTTE ~ Every Organization Must Have Two Or Three Stool Pigeons Who Are Trusted By The Establishment – Invaluable As “Trustworthy” Lines Of Communication To The Establishment

~ MJ-UTPOOPOTPSAAP ~ Mass Jujitsu – Utilizing The Power Of One Part Of The Power Structure Against Another Part

~ THPAITAPBP-OWTFOLP-TEMIDBTIOKI ~ The Haves Possess And In Turn Are Possessed By Power – Obsessed With The Fear Of Losing Power – Their Every Move Is Dictated By The Idea Of Keeping It

~ TEWITTBA-IO-S ~ The Error Was In Trying To Boycott All – Instead Of – Some

~ CMO-TPOOPOTH-AIOP-ICTS ~ Calculated Maneuvering Of – The Power Of One Part Of The Haves – Against Its Other Parts – Is Central To Strategy

~ TITTWIITEIL-TDBSAF ~ Timing Is To Tactics What It Is To Everything In Life – The Difference Between Success And Failure

~ AMJOTOITIDTRFAWHTPBAOIA-PARGAAMAP ~ A Major Job Of The Organizer Is To Instantly Develop The Rationale For Actions Which Have Taken Place By Accident Or Impulsive Anger – Possessing A Rationale Gives Action A Meaning And Purpose

~ TTICOOTFFOAAR-AR-AEAOAD ~ The Tactic Itself Comes Out Of The Free Flow Of Action And Reaction – And Requires – An Easy Acceptance Of Apparent Disorganization

SAUL ALINSKY ~ THE RULES OF POWER TACTICS ~ RULES FOR RADICALS ~ 1989

~ PINOWYH-B-WTETYH ~ Power Is Not Only What You Have – But – What The Enemy Thinks You Have

~ NGOTEOYP-TRI-C-F-A-R ~ Never Go Outside The Experience Of Your People – The Result Is – Confusion – Fear – And – Retreat

~ WPGOOTOTE-C-C-F-A-R ~ Whenever Possible Go Outside Of The Experience Of The Enemy – Cause – Confusion – Fear – And – Retreat

~ MTELUTTOBOR ~ Make The Enemy Live Up To Their Own Book Of Rules

~ RITMPW-IIAITCR ~ Ridicule Is [The] Most Potent Weapon – It Is Almost Impossible To Counterattack Ridicule

~ AGTIOTYPE ~ A Good Tactic Is One That Your People Enjoy

~ ATTDOTLBAD ~ A Tactic That Drags On Too Long Becomes A Drag

~ KTPO-WDTAA-AUAEOTPFYP ~ Keep The Pressure On – With Different Tactics And Actions – And Utilize All Events Of The Period For Your Purpose

~ TTIUMTTTTI ~ The Threat Is Usually More Terrifying Than The Thing Itself

~ TMPFTITDOOTWMACPUTO ~ The Major Premise For Tactics Is The Development Of Operations That Will Maintain A Constant Pressure Upon The Opposition

~ IYPANHADEIWBTIIC ~ If You Push A Negative Hard And Deep Enough It Will Break Through Into Its Counterside

~ TPOASAIACA-YCRBTB-SAAS-‘WDKWTD’ ~ The Price Of A Successful Attack Is A Constructive Alternative – You Cannot Risk Being Trapped By – Sudden Agreement And Saying – “We Don’t Know What To Do”

~ P-TT-FI-PI-A-PI ~ Pick – The Target – Freeze It – Personalize It – And – Polarize It

JOHN MICHAEL GREER ~ DARK AGE AMERICA ~ 2016

~ TDMBTLETTTECGABTNEIALBDAMTD-I-TBAUBOTEAAW-AUHBWHFITFOEG ~ The Dishonest Macroeconomic Bookkeeping That Leads Economists To Think That Externalized Costs Go Away Because They’re Not Entered Into Anyone’s Ledger Books Doesn’t Actually Make Them Disappear – Instead – They Become An Unrecognized Burden On The Economy As A Whole – An Unfelt Headwind Blowing With Hurricane Force In The Face Of Economic Growth

~ TMODAAGMOFOFW-ST-TR-AEIC ~ The Manufacture Of Derivatives And A Great Many Other Forms Of Fictive Wealth – Subtract Those – The Result – An Economy In Contraction

~ TIRITPJ-TEOMNAETMCEOAI-A-TODIIALSAATCTLATFW-AMOT-ATTSS ~ The Intractable Rise In The Permanently Jobless – The Epidemic Of Malign Neglect Affecting Even The Most Crucial Elements Of America’s Infrastructure – And – The Ongoing Decline In Income And Living Standards Among All Those Classes That Lack Access To Fictive Wealth – Among Many Other Things – All Tell The Same Story

~ IFFSTATPWJDOI-ATWUTCFCTTCO-AIWATNOPWATTEID ~ It’s Far From Surprising That All The People Whose Jobs Depend On Intermediation – All The Way Up The Corporate Food Chain To The Corner Offices – Are Increasingly Worried About The Number Of People Who Are Trying To Engage In Disintermediation

~ T-‘F’-M-I-OC-NOTK-IC-IE-TWWTAAPFTGLFSOW-TFTEOOOTMHBHAWILP-IIHSBABLIOBF-IJOOTMDTMLI ~ The – “Free” – Market – Is – Of Course – Nothing Of The Kind – It’s Compulsory – It’s Expensive – Those Who Want To Abstain Are Perfectly Free To Go Looking For Some Other Way – The Fact That Every Option Outside Of The Market Has Been Hedge Around With Impenetrable Legal Prohibitions – If It Hasn’t Simply Been Annihilated By Legal Fiat Or Brute Force – Is Just One Of Those Minor Details That Make Life Interesting

~ ACSAOAIZ-TEUWAHBOUI-SBAIFFOPA ~ A Complex Society At Or After Its Zenith – Typically Ends Up With A Huge Burden Of Unproductive Intermediaries – Supported By An Increasingly Fragile Foundation Of Productive Activity

~ TF-IIAF-TTVMOHS-ICC-HGBJFWMOAKBRIOCI ~ The Fact – It Is A Fact – That The Vast Majority Of Human Societies – Including Complex Civilizations – Have Gotten By Just Fine Without Money Of Any Kind Barely Registers In Our Collective Imagination

~ TGE-IWMOACGTEPTOMOTSCITETTGWBR-IIC ~ The Gift Economy – In Which Members Of A Community Give Their Excess Production To Other Members Of The Same Community In The Expectation That The Gift Will Be Reciprocated – Is Immensely Common

~ IIVETDIAME-AWAKFPE-TICSCFFWSTCTP ~ Intermediation Is Very Easy To Do In A Money Economy – As We All Know From Personal Experience – The Intermediaries Can Simply Charge Fees For Whatever Service They Claim To Provide

~ WMG-IF-TOOTUROPE ~ Where Money Goes – Intermediation Follows – That’s One Of The Unmentionable Realities Of Political Economy

~ TLOPAETTLOEACNBBNB ~ The Laws Of Physics And Ecology Trump The Laws Of Economics And Can Neither Be Bribed Nor Bought

~ ITGASAA-ABSFOGCWCTF-AITPWHTGASNTMTTWG-TSIT ~ If The Goods And Services Aren’t Available – A Basement Safe Full Of Gold Coins Won’t Change That Fact – And If The People Who Have The Goods And Services Need Them More Than They Want Gold – The Same Is True

~ TOAVHADIASWTROLHBD:TAVTWADRDF ~ Tokens Of Abstract Value Have Another Disadvantage In A Society Where The Rule Of Law Has Broken Down: They Attract Violence The Way A Dead Rat Draws Files

~ EHSLTTTICCAIP-WTHTB-ATBAAEAOHE ~ Every Human Society Likes To Think That Its Core Cultural And Intellectual Projects – Whatever Those Happen To Be – Are The Be-All And End-All Of Human Existence

~ TTBIPLTTONTAROOO-IAMCFRNTTBLOEO ~ Though True Believers In Progress Like To Think Of New Technologies As Replacements For Older Ones – Its Actually More Common For New Technologies To Be Layered Over Existing Ones

~ WSAOOICIOCPTACOS-TSNTT-ATH-ATWTWAAWCATTOTC ~ When A Society Assigns One Of Its Core Intellectual Or Cultural Projects To A Community Of Specialists – Those Specialists Need To Think – And Think Hard – About The Way Their Words And Actions Will Come Across To Those Outside That Community

~ TWATWTBOSRATDRRTPAWATP-BTTHLSP-TD-TBORADMUTSL-WTCANCMD ~ There Was A Time When The Benefits Of Scientific Research And Technological Development Routinely Reached The Poor As Well As The Privileged – But That Time Has Long Since Passed – These Days – The Benefits Of Research And Development Move Up The Social Ladder – While The Costs And Negative Consequences Move Down

~ TPOTSPBBIHBAOS-TD-IAFWSCICWSM-SSAIJADOM-FIRBPTPTNODSTGTUC-TTSCO’O’DTDSTC ~ The Prostitution Of The Scientific Process By Business Interests Has Become An Open Scandal – These Days – In Any Field Where Science Comes Into Contact With Serious Money – Scientific Studies Are Increasingly Just Another Dimension Of Marketing – From Influential Researchers Being Paid To Put Their Names On Dubious Studies To Give Them Unearned Credibility – To The Systematic Concealment Of “Outlying” Data That Doesn’t Support The Claims

~ TTOT ~ The Twilight Of Technology

~ RTARSOPBITTPDE-ADTWD-IOOHATBC ~ Responding To A Rising Spiral Of Problems By Insisting That The Problems Don’t Exist – And Denouncing Those Who Demur – Is One Of History’s All-Time Bad Choices

~ ASCCBMTTI-DAMES-IBPUBASOFGWADRTSAM ~ A Strong Case Can Be Made That The Internet – Doesn’t Actually Make Economic Sense – It’s Being Propped Up By A Set Of Financial Gimmickry With A Distinct Resemblance To Smoke And Mirrors

~ TTPWWIDC ~ Talk To People Who Work In Data Centers

~ DCANCTR-TAMTOT-A-TOOPOTVIWCTI ~ Data Centers Are Not Cheap To Run – There Are Many Thousands Of Them – And – They’re Only One Part Of The Vast Infrastructure We Call The Internet

~ ALATPCOACCIAAAFTBI-TCT ~ As Long As The Political Class Of A Civilization Can Inspire Admiration And Affection From Those Below It – The Civilization Thrives

~ L-E-S-S – Less – Energy – Stuff – Stimulation

~ WLPTPAWDAFCBA-OEAOALS ~ We’re Long Past The Point At Which Decline And Fall Can Be Avoided – Or Even Ameliorated On Any Large Scale

~ IBSBTOSOETIBPTPFAFWH ~ It’s By Stepping Beyond That Overdeveloped Sense Of Entitlement That It Becomes Possible To Plan For A Future Worth Having

~ CF&ATR ~ Collapse First And Avoid The Rush

~ LGOTDOOOUEUTLFTPAAMIETSASOTUCNTHSMATRTOP ~ Letting Go Of The Delusion Of Our Own Uniqueness Enables Us To Learn From The Past And Also Makes It Easier To Set Aside Some Of The Unproductive Cultural Narratives That Hamstring So Many Attempt To Respond To Our Predicament