We should be aware of the Alinsky tactics of self-fulfilling prophecies. He was overtly Left-wing and all activists use him whether they realise it or not – his books are fully incorporated into student movements and all Left-wing activist movements to such a degree that no one ever references him anymore. It is manipulative, and evil – especially when it works by people thinking they are morally correct for doing so.
I’ll give you an example used by Communist and Anarchist parties: you assume the enemy is evil and will crush you with police brutality. You form a riot and get violent, you’re met with a strong police response which arrest you and take you down with non-lethal weapons: this reinforces your assertion that you’re in a police state, while ignoring you made it happen and are the exact reason it occurred. You make the police state come true in order to legitimise and justify yourself and your movement.
This is awfully common today, where people moan about a certain problem which they themselves egg-on and force to happen.
Another example is using regulations to cause monopolies which then prove that Capitalism is evil, while it was caused by a regulation which is a force of socialism in order to show that Capitalism doesn’t work…but it isn’t working exactly because you have socialised the regulations and forced it to create monopolies.
Yet another example is a woman pulling a man around while calling him a sexist predator, he pushes her over and proves her point…it’s a trap.
Reaction is key, a riot is an asking of a reaction. If you don’t react to a riot you let them do as you like and fail to hold up the law. If you do react you will prove their point – it’s the entire point of riots: it’s a trap. Or as Alinsky says himself in rule ten: ‘”The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.’
‘Alinsky’s Power Tactics (Rules for Radicals Excerpt)’:
‘Rules for Radicals: An Analysis’:
‘The Truth About Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals’: