In 1971, leftist organizer Saul Alinksy published Rules for Radicals, a manual for gaining power and holding on to it. Alinksy mainly drew from his own experience as a left-wing activist along with what he had observed while studying Chicago gangsters. However, after dedicating the book to his wife, he also admitted to having another role model:
Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins— or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.
Although he died just a year later, Alinksy was an influential figure. In 1969, Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis on his teachings and the two maintained a correspondence. Of course, leftists aren’t the only ones looking to win battles, which is why a pair of brothers in California are pushing another set of precepts.
Their inspiration comes from a very different source.
Tim and David Gordon are pair of traditional Catholics who wrote a book of their own called Rules for Retrogrades with a forward from Michael Knowles. They also host a podcast with the same name.
While most of their material is focused on Catholicism, they address other issues as well. During the episode below, the duo discuss a rule that conservatives of all stripes could benefit from: “Always be on offense.”
Over the course of an hour, Tim and Dave explain why answering our opponents isn’t good enough; we need to take the fight to them. And what’s just as important? We need to know how.
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