Saul Alinsky Quotes

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Saul Alinsky Quotes

The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.
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Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.

— Saul Alinsky

If the ends don't justify the means, what does?

— Saul Alinsky

The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

— Saul Alinsky

The Capone gang was actually a public utility; it supplied what the people wanted and demanded.

— Saul Alinsky

A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

— Saul Alinsky

It does not matter what you know about anything if you cannot communicate to your people. In that event, you are not even a failure. You're just not there.

— Saul Alinsky

The fourth rule is: "Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules." You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.

— Saul Alinsky

From the moment an organizer enters a community, he lives, dreams, eats, breathes, sleeps only one thing, and that is to build the mass power base of what he calls the army.

— Saul Alinsky

The end is what you want and the means is how you get it.

— Saul Alinsky

Change comes from power, and power comes from organization.

— Saul Alinsky

No issue can be negotiated unless you first have the clout to compel negotiation.

— Saul Alinsky

The ninth rule of the ethics of means and ends is that any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical.

— Saul Alinsky

It should be borne in mind that the target is always trying to shift responsibility to get out of being the target. There is a constant squirming and moving and strategy ... on the part of the designated target. The forces for change must keep this in mind and pin that target down securely. If an organization permits responsibility to be diffused and distributed in a number of areas, attack becomes impossible.

— Saul Alinsky

You cannot meet today's crisis tomorrow.

— Saul Alinsky

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

— Saul Alinsky

The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work ... The real arena is corrupt and bloody.

— Saul Alinsky

Democracy is alive, and like any other living thing it either flourishes and grows or withers and dies. There is no in-between. It is freedom and life or dictatorship and death.

— Saul Alinsky

One's concern with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one's personal interest in the issue.

— Saul Alinsky

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