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Next President of the United Fates of America
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Interesting. Hillary Clinton's bachelor's thesis for political science for the special honors program, Wellesley College.
>>>> Alinsky argues that those who wish to change circumstances must develop a mass based organization and be prepared for conflict. He is a neo-Hobbesian who objects to the consensual mystique surrounding political processes; for him, conflict is the route to power. Those possessing power want to retain it and often to extend the bounds of it. Those desi...ring a change in the power balance generally lack the established criteria of money
or status and so must mobilize numbers. Mobilized groups representing opposed interests will naturally be in conflict which Alinsky considers a healthful and necessary aspect of a community organizing activity. He is supported in his prognosis by conflict analysts such as Lewis Coser who points out in The Functions of Social Conflict that:
Conflict with other groups contributes to the establishment and
reaffirmation of the group and maintains its boundaries against the
surrounding social world.18
In order to achieve a world without bounds it appears essential
for many groups to solidify their identities both in relation to their own membership and to their external environment. This has been the rationale of nationalist groups historically and among American blacks presently.
The organizer plays a significant role in precipitating and directing
a community's conflict pattern. As Alinsky views this role, the organizer is
...dedicated to changing the character of life of a particular community
[and] has an initial function of serving as an ab
rasive agent to rub
raw the resentments of the people of the community; to fan latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expressions...
to provide a channel into which they can pour their frustration of the past;
to create a mechanism which can drain off underlying guilt for
having accepted the previous situation for so long a time.
When those who represent the status quo label you [i.e, the community organizer] as an 'agitator' they are comple
tely correct, for that is, in one word, your function--to agitate to the point of conflict.19 <<<<


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RE: Next President of the United Fates of America - by Wook - 08-29-2016, 06:32 AM

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