Ben Carson had a fine fit of derangement speaking last night at the RNC, saying one of Hillary’s role models, Saul Alinsky, “acknowledges Lucifer.” Let’s unpack this hysterical piece of fear-mongering, shall we? Hillary did indeed write her thesis on Alinsky – and concluded his tactics were ineffective. Thus, she was not an Alinsky follower at all.
As for the “acknowledges Lucifer” idiocy, Carson is referring to the dedication to Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, which rather clearly was meant tongue-in-cheek, except for the humor-impaired or those who believe way too much in imaginary creatures.
The dedication reads:
“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”
A reality-based person would read that and realize the humor in it. Ben Carson soils himself in fear over it.
Rules for Radicals has nothing to do with ideology. It’s about community organizing and building power for your group. Lots of people on the right have used the book for organizing too.
Also, Alinsky thought communists and socialists were useless, saying “Quotes from Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara… are as germane to our highly technological, computerized society as a stagecoach on a jet runway at Kennedy airport.”
He organized Back of the Yards by telling Catholic church priests in Chicago in the 1930’s either I organize your parishioners or the communists and socialists will. And if we win, they will have more money to put in the collection on Sundays. The priests agreed and teamed up with him. They won a strike against brutal meat packing work conditions and low pay. This was the birth of community organizing.