Class distinctions

by | Sep 16, 2022 | Human Services


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Reaction Paper #1 Assignment
Mark as done
After reading Rules for Radicals Prologue & The Purpose
500-800 words
Avoid Summary. Do not quote the book directly and definitely do not quote my notes. Focus on your analysis of the material based on your experience.
Use this prompt as a starting point…. Has anything really changed in terms of social activism since this was first written (no more than two lines on social media) fifty years ago? How do you feel about “the Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Have-a-Little, Want Mores.” and the “Do-Nothings”? Which one are you?

Prologue the moral & the material

The young are inundated with a barrage of information and facts so overwhelming that the world has come to seem an utter bedlam, which has them spinning in a frenzy.

Today’s generation faces all this and says, “I don’t want to spend my life the way my family and their friends have. I want to do something, to create, to be me, to ‘do my own thing,’ to live. The older generation doesn’t understand and worse doesn’t want to.

These rules make the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one who uses the tired old words and slogans, calls the police “pig” or “white fascist racist” or “motherfucker” and has so stereotyped himself that others react by saying, “Oh, he’s one of those,” and then promptly turn off.

Working within the system. “We will start with the system because there is no other place to start from except political lunacy”

“Do one of three things. One, go find a wailing wall and feel sorry for yourselves. Two, go psycho and start bombing—but this will only swing people to the right. Three, learn a lesson. Go home, organize, build power and at the next convention, you be the delegates.”

It Begins

1) Machiavelli vs. Alinsky “literature of a have society”

a. “Religious, economic, social, political, and legal tracts endlessly attack all revolutionary ideas and action for change as immoral, fallacious and against God, country, and mother.”

b. Communist Alternative literature.

i. Revolution wrongly associated with communism/capitalism the status quo

ii. “The revolutionary ideology is not confined to a specific limited formula”

2) Avoid dogma

3) Control

The Ideology of Change

1) Free society organizer- loose, fluid, always questioning

2) See the world as it is now as you would like it to be.

3) Hypocrisy of power, law….even religion is complicit in the status quo.

4) See duality, converse, complementary nature.

5) The Jungle- Sinclair-cycle

6) “The descriiption of any procedure as “positive” or “negative” is the mark of a political illiterate.”

7) Revolution-> counter revolution

Class Distinctions

1) “the Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Have-a-Little, Want Mores.”

2) When do we sleep vs. when do we eat

3) Have a little-political bi-polar

4) “Do-Nothings” – I agree with your ends but not your means/ this is not the time

5) If there’s no top, Why the climb?

6) To continue upward

7) “ is a relay of revolutions; the torch of idealism is carried by the revolutionary group until this group becomes an establishment, and then quietly the torch is put down to wait until a new revolutionary group picks it up for the next leg of the run. Thus the revolutionary cycle goes on.”

8) The Low road to morality….



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