vaatko commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: Why the Professional Right is Obsessed with Alinsky
The stuff about Alinsky is only partially right. I lived in Chicago in the Back of the Yards during the 60s and 70s and Alinsky’s organizing was ultimately a failure. The single-issue tactic works up to a point. Alinsky got some things done for these people, but these people voted Dem because the Daley machine provided jobs and services–and the Daley machine was local fascism, right-wing racism. The national Dems got their votes up to a point, but not after 1968. Reagan swept these people away. Alinsky made no impact whatsoever in touching these people at the core of their political being. By the way, if Alinsky is for “polarization” whatever happened to Obama, a supposed Alinsky student? He knows nothing of that.
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