Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tactics of the Left

There is a curious disconnect between the contemporary Left in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and even the mainstream of Maori thought and practice. While I'm aware of old socialists in the Alliance Party and a few of the more rad Greens accepting aspects of tino rangatiratanga (though not the cultural harvest of kereru et alia...), the political scene seems to reserve a small space for Maori - Maori Party, Mana, Brown Nats, Brown-reds - we're missing any of cross-fertilisation that promises true reform and an equitable distribution of power and wealth. Anyways, cut and pasted this from a blog called Woodpile report...

Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals 
Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have
Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people.
Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.
Rule 4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
Rule 5: Ridicule is man's most potent weapon
Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.
Rule 8: Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.
Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.
Rule 10: Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
Rule 11: If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.
Rule 12: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
Rule 13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it


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