Saturday, August 1, 2015

Rules Of Radicals

An anonymous commenter who goes by the name "Grow up in faith" pointed out the rules of Saul Alinsky (also known as the Rules of Radicals), which can be found here.  There is a lot of frustration in the jungle because their numbers (although vocal) are small.  They have accomplished nothing in the past two years, and they are aware of it.  They consistently try to get Rome's attention in the hopes of ousting the Archbishop and to destroy the NCW to no avail.  They were unable to reinstate Father Paul and Monsignor James. They demonize Kiko Arguello and Carmen Hernandez (people they have never met).  So, it is not surprising to see their frustrations grow.   

We need to pray for the Archbishop and for our enemies.  The tactic of our enemies are spelled out in the weblink below which Grow up in faith pointed out.  The only thing that defeats this tactic is humility.  It was humility that won redemption for mankind.  It was humility that uprooted segregation in many of the southern states.  It was humility that took down the regime of Ferdinand Marcos and ousted the British troops from India.  Remember that this is Christ's Church, and He is in control.  No one can take His Church from Him.  Pray for our enemies who wish to destroy us.     

* RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.
(These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)

 * RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)

 * RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

 * RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

 * RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

 * RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

 * RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

 * RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

 * RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

 * RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

 * RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)

 * RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.



  1. The juvenile radicalism of JW is quite visible if you compare it to other anti-neo blog sites. At the Italian site from where JW takes it material from, there are at least some fake theological attempts to discredit Kiko. Of course, they are fruitless. JW cannot even produce fake theological arguments because they have absolutely no clue what the word argument mean.

    Only Chuck White tried to imitate more advanced blogs by analyzing Kiko's paintings, but what he found and said about these paintings is insignificant and misguided at its best. There is a visible gap even abyss of intellectual qualities between the JW of Guam and their compatriots in other countries. This is why the incomprehensible roaring from the jungle is so much ridiculed around the world...

    1. Read, followed...but doubt ridiculed. Around the world--yes. Even the Vatican is a regular visitor!

  2. Hi Diana, thanks for posting this. CCOG used to be a place of regular Catholics with concern. I think it has seriously changed. It was hijacked by the revolutionist kinds who follow the rules of Alinsky. Now it became a place of irresponsibility. When I go to the church to be with God and his saints all around, I am not praying for turmoil and irresponsible behavior. A true Catholic is always looking for peace and order, not for animosity and chaos.

    The Catholic faithful should find common ground and build trust toward each other. There is no other point in what we do. An intention of long term peaceful coexistence should be declared and followed by all. Meaningful boundaries should be set for both sides in order to eliminate fear of each other. Once one Catholic learns not to fear from the other, we can continue taking actions of good will in a completely different setup. Those who follow Alinsky will never understand this and will exclude themselves from the mainstream forever.