Community organizer Saul Alinsky re-emerges as a lightning rod for left and right09/21/10 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei. Coming up- one of the nationâ€™s most famous community organizers Saul Alinsky has new currency. Heâ€™s 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. Weâ€™ll 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 1950â€™s and 60â€™s. His book RULES FOR RADICALS inspired a generation of progressive activists. Heâ€™s become prominent in recent years because heâ€™s been attacked in the conservative press and on talk radio for being an inspiration to one-time community organizer Barack Obama.
Alinskyâ€™s books have been dissected by conservatives for insight into the Presidentâ€™s supposed hidden agenda. At the same time some of Alinskyâ€™s tactics have been adopted by Tea Party activists. In a moment weâ€™ll meet Nicholas Von Hoffman, who's written a new book about Alinsky. But first letâ€™s listen to what conservative talk show host Glenn Beck said last year about Alinsky.