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The Mass Appeal of Saul Alinsky

43723051_788c18f13f.jpgIt's pretty amusing that after mocking community organizers during the presidential campaign, conservatives have enthusiastically adopted Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky's community organizing how-to, as a guide for mounting an effective opposition. Dave Weigel tells the tale, but also talks to some disciples of Alinsky about the new breed of converts:

All of this has been quite confusing to Gregory Galluzzo. A veteran community organizer at the Gamaliel Foundation and a disciple of Alinsky (though they never met) who trained the young Obama, Galluzzo has watched with frustration as “over the top and rabid ideologues” on the right stormed town hall meetings, claiming to have flipped Alinsky’s rulebook back onto liberals.

“They polarize,” said Galluzzo. “They’ve got that part down. They do direct action. But that’s not the kind of organizing we do. We end up building relationships with the people we oppose. I’m not going to go up to Mayor [Richard] Daley and say ‘you’re just a Nazi.’ I want to end up working with him.”

But according to Galluzzo, if Alinsky could take a look at the Alinsky-cons, he’d call them “petty protesters” who want to destroy the system without offering solutions.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 5:41 PM ET
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Would anyone seriously argue that the Left never dropped the "Nazi"-bomb towards Bush? Come on. The Right is using the Left's playbook for the past 8 years.

Posted by: jgoldberg3 | August 12, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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