Monday, August 16, 2010

Petulant Activism

"for Alinsky, the archetypal example of petulant ego decision making of the period was Bill Ayers in his salad days...."

Nicholas von Hoffman, Radical

Alinsky's critique of activists focused on their self-absorbed, individualist approach to the world and social change. They don't especially care about building leaders or organizations, but take actions that grow out of their own view of things and are aimed to satisfy their own needs.

Of course, many Alinsky-style organizations have failed, remained isolated from action as they worked out their intricate gameplans, and relied upon the usual suspects for leaders. But they had (have) a long view.

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