'Rules for Radicals' by Saul Alinsky
Rules for Radicals
By Saul D. Alinsky

The title is a bit of a misnomer. It's actually a handbook for the average citizen to become politically involved. I remember thinking, "Now that's a good idea!" or "Oh, I could do that, and I'm just sitting here in Flint, Michigan!" The beauty of the book—and I live by this to this day—is that we will never accomplish anything as long as we, those of us who are politically active, separate ourselves from the mass of people. I see the Left doing this constantly. Whenever I speak to a group of liberals, or granola heads, or whatever, I ask, "How many of you watch Friends? Or ER?" Only a couple of hands go up. I say, "How do you expect to change anything in this country if you don't have a clue what your fellow Americans are watching every night? They're never going to listen to you because you don't want to live in their world and they know it. They sense the arrogance of that."


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