Community organizer Saul Alinsky re-emerges as a lightning rod for left and right
Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâm Rob Lorei. Coming up- one of the nationâs most famous community organizers Saul Alinsky has new currency. Heâs been mentioned as an inspiration to President Obama, vilified by Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and some of his ideas are emulated by Tea Party activists. Weâll talk about the life of Saul Alinsky with Nicholas Von Hoffman, author of a new Alinsky biography.
Both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have expressed admiration for a well-known figure in Chicago history- a community organizer named Saul Alinsky. Alinsky focused on improving living conditions for low- and moderate-income people in the 1950âs and 60âs. His book RULES FOR RADICALS inspired a generation of progressive activists. Heâs become prominent in recent years because heâs been attacked in the conservative press and on talk radio for being an inspiration to one-time community organizer Barack Obama.
Alinskyâs books have been dissected by conservatives for insight into the Presidentâs supposed hidden agenda. At the same time some of Alinskyâs tactics have been adopted by Tea Party activists. In a moment weâll meet Nicholas Von Hoffman, who's written a new book about Alinsky. But first letâs listen to what conservative talk show host Glenn Beck said last year about Alinsky.comments powered by Disqus