On the Proper Application of Alinsky’s Rule 5

Rule 5 in Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals states

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.

These were seen on the Interwebz today—

Mindless Policy from Topless Administration

—Ed Driscoll

… the goalposts have been moved to an undisclosed location.



Rule 5 Squared

Left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky’s Rule 5 states that “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” Kamala Harris set herself up for a dose of ridicule by allowing this obviously staged picture to be tweeted.Pro Tip #1: Experienced cooks don’t leave the packaging for raw chicken lying on a kitchen counter.

Pro Tip # 2: If you want an article of clothing to appear to be something used everyday, wash it at least once in order to remove the “just out of the box” creases.

Stacy McCain’s Rule 5 states that “Everybody loves a pretty girl.” Here’s a picture that ran in the Carroll County Times several years ago when Mrs. Hoge was running a personal cheffing business. 

David Gregory v. The Rules

When David Gregory waved that STANAG magazine for an M16/M4/AR15 around on Meet the Press, he probably had no idea that he was violating DC law by merely possessing it. He was also violating Rule 2 of Alinsky’s Rules:

Never go outside the expertise of your people.

Any right-wing gun nut in and around DC knows about the District’s absurd magazine restrictions. Apparently, none of Mr. Gregory’s people on the Meet the Press crew are gun nuts. That error has enabled the pro-civil-rights side of the debate to use Rule 4 against Mr. Gregory.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Of course, laws such as the DC magazine ban were never intended to be used against people like David Gregory. Those folks are special. They send their kids to private schools with good security while ridiculing the thought of providing protection to children in the public schools. And their hypocrisy is noted. Rule 5:

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

Meanwhile, it looks as if Wayne LaPierre and the NRA have been studying the Rules. They stepped forward with a proposal to use their law enforcement training expertise to assist in training security personnel for schools. Rule 11:

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

The Left hasn’t come up with any kind of rational alternative other than prohibiting possession of certain kinds of firearms. Prohibition? Do they remember how well it worked for booze? Can they see how well it works for drugs? In pushing a previously tried, failed “solution,” the Left allows the pro-civil-rights side to employ Rule 10 against them.

If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.

Stupidly oppressive tactics by the one side will often drive public opinion to support the other.

George Patton read Erwin Rommel’s book on tank warfare and used what he learned against the Field Marshall. More and more people on the Right are reading Alinsky …



UPDATE 2–Apparently, someone at NBC checked with the DC Metro Police about using the magazine, and they were warned not to use it. Legal Insurrection reports that

the fact that NBC News was warned by the D.C. Police not to use the magazine puts a whole new light on the incident, turning it into an intentional violation of the law. While the law does not require intent, the existence of intent could influence a decision whether or not to prosecute.

UPDATE 3–Mr. Gregory’s journalistic irresponsibility is one of the reasons why I’m pushing for a high-capacity magazine ban. No one has any legitimate reason to need a copy of Mother Jones, The New Republic, or Time with more than 10 pages.