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February 25, 2008


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Scott Walters

I have a similar discomfort with Alinsky. I don't like his need to create a polarized good-and-evil universe around an issue. It energizes people, which is a good thing, but it does so by creating saints and villains, which is not. I prefer MLK's approach, which appealed to America's higher angels by making them see that their most strongly held values were being violated by their attitudes about race. We've had so much polarization in this world. Isn't there another approach?


Alinsky would say in his own defense (and i would tend to agree with him) that King had more desirable means at his disposal, and therefore was smart enough to opt for nonviolence and civil disobedience in order to provoke the establishment to show its true, revolting colors. Post-King, those same options aren't available anymore because the establishment has adapted to them. So you have to get creative and, at times, more offensive/divisive because those are the means available to you.

Personally... i think there are times when it's warranted, i just don't think changing the nature of theatrical institutions is necessarily one of them.

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