Sunday, January 20, 2008

Hillary's Mind

"My senior year at Wellesley would further test and articulate my beliefs. For my thesis I analyzed the work of a Chicago native and community organizer named Saul Alinsky"

"If the ideals Alinsky espouses were actualized, the result would be social revolution.

"The key word for an Alinsky-type organizing effort is ‘power.' The question is how one acquires power, and Alinsky's answer is through organization... For Alinsky, power is the ‘very essence of life, the dynamic of life' and is found in ‘ citizen participation pulsing upward providing a unified strength for a common purpose of organization....'" (P. 7-8)

"A radical is one who advocates sweeping changes in the existing laws and methods of government. These proposed changes are aimed at the roots of political problems which in Marxian terms are the attitudes and the behaviors of men." (p. 6)

"Alinsky: ‘In order to organize, you must first polarize. People think of controversy as negative; they think consensus is better. But to organize, you need a Bull Connor or a Jim Clark.'"
-- Hillary Clinton, "There is only the Fight, An Analysis of the Alinsky model"

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