(Two weeks after I originally posted a shorter version of this post, I turned it into a longer “The Best…” list)
Newt Gingrich is continuing to attack President Obama by tying him to Saul Alinsky, the person who is considered by many to be the father of modern-day community organizing (and who died forty years ago). Gingrich’s victory speech tonight in South Carolina was the latest example of this tactic, and it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of it. In fact, ironically, earlier this week Rudy Guiliani attacked Gingrich for “acting like Alinsky.”
Some readers might not know who Alinsky was, and I thought a quick post might be useful. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked for many years as a community organizer for the organization Alinsky began in the 1930’s and directed until his death.
I’ve previously posts a number of links about him in The Art And Value Of Compromise.
Here’s Part One of “The Democratic Promise.” Parts Two, Three, Four and Five are also available on YouTube:
Newt Gingrich and the Real Saul Alinsky is by Bill Moyers.
Who is Saul Alinsky? is also by Bill Moyers.
Newt Gingrich is no Saul Alinsky is by Nicholas Von Hoffman.
Know Thine Enemy is from The New York Times.
Vox has published a lengthy description of Alinsky and his work. In fact, it’s one of the best pieces I’ve seen anywhere about him.
I hope you find these resources clarifying and helpful.