Read Hillary Clinton’s letter to Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals

Clinton's letter to Saul Alinsky

Read Hillary Clinton’s letter to Saul Alinsky 1971

by Beverley Russell – Op-ed senior columnist Trumpville Report

A letter from Hillary Clinton to the late community organizer Saul Alinsky in 1971, was published by the Washington Free Beacon.

In it, Clinton, then a 23-year-old law school graduate living in Berkeley, Calif., informs the Chicago activist that she had “survived law school, slightly bruised, with my belief in and zest for organizing intact.”

“The more I’ve seen of places like Yale Law School and the people who haunt them,” Clinton wrote, “the more convinced I am that we have the serious business and joy of much work ahead, — if the commitment to a free and open society is ever going to mean more than eloquence and frustration.”

Clinton first met Alinsky when she was at Wellesley working on her 1969 thesis on his controversial theories on community organizing, many of which were outlined in his 1946 handbook, “Reveille for Radicals.”

In the book, Alinsky encouraged community organizers to “fan the latent hostilities” of low-income, inner-city residents and “search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them.” His 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals,” published a year before his death, expanded on that theme. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it,” Alinsky wrote.

“Dear Saul,” Clinton wrote in the 1971 letter. “When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out — or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation? I have just had my one-thousandth conversation about Reveille and need some new material to throw at people.”

She thanked Alinsky for the advice he gave her about campus organizing.

“If I never thanked you for the encouraging words of last spring in the midst of the Yale-Cambodia madness, I do so now,” Clinton wrote.

She also asked if they could meet the next time he was in California.

“I am living in Berkeley and working in Oakland for the summer and would love to see you,” Clinton wrote. “Let me know if there is any chance of our getting together.”

She added: “Hopefully we can have a good argument sometime in the future.”

Alinsky’s longtime secretary, Georgia Harper, sent Clinton a letter in reply informing her that he was away on a six-week trip to Southeast Asia, but that she had opened the letter anyway.

“Since I know his feelings about you I took the liberty of opening your letter because I didn’t want something urgent to wait for two weeks,” Harper wrote in the July 13, 1971, letter. “And I’m glad I did.”

“Mr. Alinsky will be in San Francisco, staying at the Hilton Inn at the airport on Monday and Tuesday, July 26 and 27,” Harper added. “I know he would like to have you call him so that if there is a chance in his schedule maybe you can get together.”

The correspondence between Alinsky and Clinton was discovered in the archives of the Industrial Areas Foundation — a training center for community organizers founded by Alinsky — housed at the University of Texas at Austin.

According to Clinton’s 2004 memoir, “Living History,” Alinsky had offered her a job after her graduation from Wellesley, but she turned him down.

“He offered me the chance to work with him when I graduated from college, and he was disappointed that I decided instead to go to law school,” she wrote. “[He] said I would be wasting my time, but my decision was an expression of my belief that the system could be changed from within.”

Saul Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals

Here is the complete list from Alinsky.

  • * RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)
  • * RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear, and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)
  • * RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety, and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to discuss them.)
  • * RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation are at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
  • * RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)
  • * RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)
  • * RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)
  • * RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off-balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)
  • * RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (‘Perception is reality’. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)
  • * RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)
  • * RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)
  • * RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

In Rules for Radicals (his final work, published in 1971 one year before his death), Alinsky wrote at the end of his personal acknowledgments:

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.

Alinsky is who Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on.

In 1969, while a political science major at Wellesley College, Hillary Rodham chose to write her senior thesis on Alinsky’s work, with Alinsky himself contributing his own time to help her. Although Rodham defended Alinksy’s intentions in her thesis, she upheld his methods and dogmatism (Years later when she became First Lady, the thesis was not made publicly available by the school based upon a White House request.)


editor note:

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Trump will be The Peoples President. There are vast differences between the honesty and integrity of Clinton and Trump. Sure Mr. Trump exaggerates, so do fishermen, but he’s no liar. He’s a regular guy that loves America enough to put his fortune and business on the line to help us with his business mind. Mr. Trump can change the entire world for the better and I believe he can spawn peace through negotiations everywhere. You don’t get to the place Mr. Trump has achieved by being a deceiver or a liar, or without integrity. You most likely have been told some pretty awful things about Mr. Trump, most aren’t true and if they are, they are exaggerated. Mr. Trump is attacked for the sole purpose of making him look bad calling him a sexist, a racist, a bigot, a womanizer, a man who didn’t pay his workers, and may have paid no taxes. When he said Rosy O’Donnell was a pig, he was talking about Rosy, not all women. Haven’t you ever said anything negative about another person, You have! I have, we all have. And the fact that he has called a few women names, maybe they deserved it? Those were obviously exceptions because his temperament is sound, he’s a gentleman, and an exceptional father. In fact, Hillary is all the things she calls Mr. Trump. What it does show is Mr. Trump treats men and women alike, black white brown yellow red, everyone, not special treatment for women unless they earn it, and when they do he rewards them for it. That’s what equality means.

Hillary Clinton wants to give more power to the United Nations and therefore providing America the nudge it needs into the New World Government, no more America, no more traditions, no more constitution, no more rights. Humanity will end up as slaves to the Globalists. The will drastically reduce the world population and confiscate all wealth. Earth will become ‘The Prison Planet.” 


by Beverley Russell – Op-ed senior columnist Trumpville Report

source;; “Clinton’s letter to Saul Alinsky”, published by the Washington Free Beacon.

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