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First published in 1946 and updated in 1969 with a new introduction and Afterword, this volume represents the fullest statement of the political philosophy and practical methodology of one of the most important figures in the history of American radicalism. Like Thomas Paine before him, Alinsky, through the concept and practice of community organizing, was able to embody for his era both the urgency of radical political action and the imperative of rational political discourse. This is Alinsky's classic and impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know "the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one."
Table of Contents
Part I: Call Me Rebel
1. What is a Radical?
2. Where is the Radical Today?
3. The Crisis
Part II: The Building of People's Organizations
4. The Program
5. Native Leadership
6. Community Traditions and Organizations
7. Organizational Tactics
8. Conflict Tactics
9. Popular Education
10. Psychological Observations on Mass Organization
11. Reveille for Radicals
Afterword to the Vintage Edition