Rules of the game Rules for Radicals

Rules of the game part 10 Rules for Radicals
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Rules of the game Rules for RadicalsFor this week’s broadcast of Behind the Lines, we finish the review of Saul Alinsky’s book ‘Rules for Radicals’. This text reveals his radicals theories and practices regarding the empowerment of the disenfranchised. For this episode, his ideas for the ‘future of democracy’ receive attention and scrutiny. We examine these musings because Mr. Alinsky’s past exploits exercise an ‘authority of influence’ on the current political and cultural climate.

‘The Way Ahead’, the title for Chapter 10, contains Mr. Alinsky’s beliefs regarding the future of activism. Read more “Rules of the game Rules for Radicals”

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The rules of the game part 9 Intervention Involvement

The rules of the game part 9 Intervention Involvement
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The rules of the game part 9 Intervention/InvolvementOn this episode of Behind the Lines rules of the game part 9 Intervention Involvement, the review of ‘Rules for Radicals’ continues. Written by Saul Alinsky, this book explores his ‘activism’ theories and practices in great detail. While last week’s episode explores implementation of various tactics, this episode examines the use of a specific course of action. This technique centers upon forging a union between finance and activism. By uniting these dissimilar entities, an extremely strong method of influence becomes visible. We examine this methodology in detail because of the power this particular device grants the activist. Read more “The rules of the game part 9 Intervention Involvement”

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Battlefield America 15 The rules of the game part 8

Battlefield America 15 The rules of the game part 8
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Battlefield America 15 The rules of the game part 8This week’s broadcast of Behind the Lines continues the review of ‘Rules for Radicals’ – a foundational text for activism written by Saul Alinsky. While previous episodes focus upon theory and training, this episode explores the implementation of that training via concrete actions. Although these actions appear random, they conform to a set of specific methods and means predetermined by the ‘organizer’. We expose these mechanisms and procedures as they relate to the activist’s success. Read more “Battlefield America 15 The rules of the game part 8”

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Battlefield America 14 The rules of the game part 7!

Battlefield America 14 The rules of the game part 7
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Battlefield America 14 The rules of the game part 7For this week’s broadcast of Behind the Lines, the probe of the premier activist ‘how-to’ book enters the next phase. While previous episodes discuss attributes and skills, this episode explores introducing the activist to the situation. Successfully entering into an environment to enable change requires specific actions on the part of the ‘organizer’. We highlight and scrutinize these first steps because they determine the success or failure of the enterprise. Read more “Battlefield America 14 The rules of the game part 7!”

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Battlefield America 13 The rules of the game part 6

Battlefield America 13 The rules of the game part 6
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Battlefield America 13 The rules of the game part 6For this week’s broadcast of Behind the Lines, we continue the examination of the premier activist ‘how-to’ book. While last week emphasizes the list of talents/traits necessary for these activists, this episode focuses upon the skill that takes precedent. We focus on this prerequisite for ‘organizers’ and probe the importance of this talent. This characteristic receives in-depth scrutiny because of its preeminence and significance. Read more “Battlefield America 13 The rules of the game part 6”

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Battlefield America 12 The rules of the game part 5!

Battlefield America 12 The rules of the game part 5!
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Battlefield America 12 The rules of the game part 5For this week’s broadcast of Behind the Lines, the examination of the ‘playbook’ for implementing societal change enters a new stage. Finishing the study of theories and maxims, we shift toward an in-depth analysis of the individuals who execute these machinations and designs. We focus on the prerequisites for ‘influential leadership’ and dissect these traits. These individuals and their qualifications receive scrutiny because of their influence within their respective movements. Read more “Battlefield America 12 The rules of the game part 5!”

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Battlefield America 11 The rules of the game part 4

Battlefield America 11 The rules of the game part 4
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Battlefield America 11 The rules of the game part 4

For this week’s broadcast of Behind the Lines, the research into motivational/instructional ‘textbooks’ continues. Investigating these works becomes necessary when specific ideas translate into specific societal behaviors.  These ideas (and their definitions) receive a designation known as ‘Terminology’. Agreement upon the terminology provides clarity and understanding during relevant debates and deliberations. Read more “Battlefield America 11 The rules of the game part 4”

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