The Occupy movement learns and benefits from all the struggles and creative activism during the 20th Century. One of the key intellectual and innovative leaders was Saul Alinsky who has again become part of the public dialogue – thanks to Newt Gingrich. Just like Mr. Alinsky his reputation has now become larger than life. At the same time, most people (including Bill Maher) readily admit they don’t know who Alinsky was, what he did, or why he matters to America today. Given that I taught about Alinsky for many years, I find this lack of understanding and respect to be disappointing – but not surprising.
This article explains why Saul Alinsky’s work that started in my hometown of Chicago in the 1930s is so important and relevant for understanding our society. This article starts with the latest burst of Newt-inspired news about Alinsky (that will likely continue throughout the campaign season.) IYou will also learn how right wing politicians continue to spread myths and misperceptions about Saul Alinsky and President Obama’s connections (which are indirect at best.) Finally, this article also lists Alinsky’s various rules and selected quotes. As you read, you will see connections to the strategies and tactics of the both the Occupy Movement and the Tea Party. CLICK BELOW TO LEARN MORE.