Rules For Radicals

Paul Carson called Saul Alinsky, Satan, which naturally compelled me to read Rules For Radicals (1970), a nuts and bolts handbook for revolution, defined as the transferring of power from the powerful to the powerless. In other words, the dialectical opposite of Machiavelli’s The Prince, which describes how those with power can best hold on to it. However, anyone hoping for instructions for bomb-making or violent overthrow will be sorely disappointed. Rules For Radicals is not fodder for fanatics, but a thoughtful discourse on how one might adopt a pragmatic, infinite mindset (to borrow from Simon Sinek) in the pursuit of justice and equity—a pursuit that has no endpoint, but endless challenges. To borrow another expression: progress, not perfection.