To the Editor:
Joe “Nathan, On Education,” recommended Saul Alinsky’s 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals” to help “change” schools. Sauk Alinsky (1909-1972) was a radical community organizer who often used unorthodox tactics based on strategies of Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci, whose transformation to Marxism was so subtle few noticed the deliberate change.
Alinsky taught, “True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism, rather they cut their hair, wear suits and infiltrate the system from within.” The goal: penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions, political parties. His “rules” derive from successful campaigns where class warfare convinced people that power and privilege were the root of all their “problems.”
This book’s dedication page reads, “Lest we forget at least an over-the shoulder acknowledgement to the very first radical: from our legends, mythology and history, the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom, ‘Lucifer.’” Alinsky stated in Playboy Magazine two months before he died, “If there is an afterlife, I unreservedly choose hell as my heaven. Once I get to hell, I’ll start organizing the have-nots, they’re my kind of people.”
Want change? Teach clarity with the truth of this great Republic’s Constitution, strategize to build strong moral character. — Gerri Klimek, Little Falls