Thanks to Newt Gingrich, a new generation is about to be radicalized.
Newt Gingrich mentioned Saul Alinsky twice in his South Carolina
Klan rally Primary victory speech. This is a classic example of the coded language of Right-Wing True Believers failing to resonate outside their epistemically closed bubble. Maybe 1% of people who don’t watch Fox News or save screen-shots of Glenn Beck’s chalkboard know who he was, or why they should be frightened that he influenced President Obama somehow.
We here at the Angry Black Lady Chronicles would like to correct this ignorance by inviting you to join us for a book chat. We would like you to read Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals with us, and we’ll have a post each week to review a chapter and invite you to join us in the comments for a discussion. We’ll look to you to share what you’ve learned, what resonated with you, and how you can apply his ideas in your own political organizing for change.
So your first assignment is to get your hands on a copy of Rules for Radicals. It’s available via Amazon and as a download for Kindle, and probably stocked at your local independent bookseller as well.
Later this week I’ll put up a background post about Saul Alinsky’s life and the people who have been influenced by his work, then we’ll meet back here next weekend to discuss the Prologue, and each week thereafter we’ll tackle the next chapter.
Deal? Great! Get busy!