Saul Alinsky’s Ninth Rule for Radicals and the 2013 Budget Fight | Pundit House
Saul Alinsky’s Ninth Rule for Radicals is that“The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself,” the point of which is to say there is a lot you can do to defeat your opponent mentally and vise versa.In fact, Sun Tzu said “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting” but that if you must fight, you should leverage your opponent’s psychology to your advantage.“Appear weak when you are strong and strong when you are weak,” he said.
This principle is evident even in one on one combat.In boxing for example, fighters try to break their opponent’s wills before the fight even begins by delivering a deadly cold stare, sending chills down their opponent’s spines.
We can see this tactic at work today more than at any time in recent political history in America.These days, Obama has Republicans in such fear that they unapologetically skip the fight and go straight to declaring defeat.
In their defense, Obama’s string of successes has defied rationality.In 2008, he was perhaps the least experienced candidate to ever win the presidency.He came from a radical background, yet received practically no vetting whatsoever from the mainstream media.The whole scene was unlike anything in modern American history, with the extraordinarily large, euphoric and delusional masses under the spell of a demagogue.
A totally unsuspecting American public fell victim to the unprecedented assault of every third world populist tactic in the play-book, e.g. class warfare, racism, sexism, idolatry and so on.By and large, America had no experience with this and therefore had no basis by which to know this was happening and to therefore reject it on its demerits.However, if you ask an immigrant from Cuba or a former Soviet Satellite state, they recognized and rejected Obama for what he was right away.
Meanwhile, the mainstream media reinforced the Obama narrative and when events occurred or information was somehow revealed which contradicted the Obama narrative, you would likely never know the contradiction had ever existed—just like in third world countries.