If you will give me a minute or two I’d like to answer this question and possibly the bigger question about whether his rules will work or not.
In order to do this I want to address each of the 8 rules as objectively as I can.
1) Healthcare– Control healthcare and you control the people.
As average people we know less about our own health than almost any other aspect of our day-to-day lives. As we grow older we are even more concerned about our health care. When an entity of some power and prestige such as the government offers to manage your health care and by implication your comfort both current and future one would be inclined to accept with relief the release of that responsibility. With Saul’s plan you would accept the conditions that go with that release of responsibility. The conditions do include higher taxes and less day-to-day control of your health care treatment. However it should be pointed out that humans do not give up control of power over their human rights easily. You can wrap these feelings up in the phrase “human nature.” In fact modern efforts like the Clinton efforts to impose universal health care in the nineties and the more recent Affordable Care Act have met with resistance. Both of these efforts would to some degree satisfy Saul Alinsky’s efforts to achieve number one on his list of eight steps to create a “social state.”
Human nature is a most important eliminate in how we govern our day-to-day to activities. Most of us bristle at being told what to do; example the speed limits imposed by the state government and local law enforcement. We just don’t like being told what to do. My mother use to say 55 miles an hour was the perfect speed for her and that because the speed limits were change to 65 didn’t mean she would travel at that unsafe speed. I often rode with my mother on major freeways at 55 when the speed limit was 65 or higher. Other drivers blew their horns or made ugly jesters but my mother would not budge from 55. The point is that all of us are inclined to protect our right to be ourselves. This factor has been the “fly in the ointment” for those intent on creating a social state in this country and around the world. You will see it plays a role in most of Saul’s 8 points. One final point on the importance of controlling health care to achieve a social state; it is considered by socialist the single most important step in gaining control of a citizenry in that process of moving toward a social state.
2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
The U.S. has always been a difficult target for socialist efforts because of our shear wealth. Obviously the effort to increase poverty thus being able to offer “all services” for the family has been short-changed. However over the last ten years poverty has risen and citizens are asking the question why? This is part of a subtle plan by socialist leaning politicians to pass legislation that will encourage the poor to sign on for every governmental benefit that will make things look easier on a day to day basis and not cause them to think about any rights they might have to give up. Perks such as food stamps, Medicaid, minimum wages, racial reparations, free education and guaranteed retirement paid for by the government. It should be pointed at that global marketing has accelerated our country’s poverty level because the ever present reference to lost jobs actually concentrates on factory jobs and those have been shifted from our country because wages are so much cheaper in virtually any country in the world other than the U.S. I should also make the point that those jobs will never come back to this country no matter what democrat or republican politicians promise. Therefore it is not unreasonable to believe that our march as a country toward poverty is inevitable but it will not be cured by a social state but rather innovations in global marketing under a capitalist system that encourages innovative thinking, a strength of human nature.
3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
Saul is absolutely correct in this observation. The only way to counter this factor is to have strong politicians impose a balanced budget condition of all administrative plans. This will mean a curtailment of services on the Medicare and Medicaid front but not on Social Security since it is self funded and if left alone by the congress [currently congress borrows from the SS fund on a regular basis] and administration will be self-sustaining.
4) Gun Control– Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
This is a fact that it seems all sides are dug in on. The conservatives seem to be winning the fight on the second amendment and as much as the liberal/socialist contingencies want to control guns and ammunition in this country there is not much support at the public level.
5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).
This issue is pretty well covered under the response to Saul’s rule on poverty. Bringing in emigrants that could have the potential to vote in the next two decades would accelerate this part of the social state program.
6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
In this case the democrat socialist have made great strides with Department of Education, DOJ and the administration pushing federal programs that encourage free educational rides, emphasis on minority funding and preserving protection of those funds verses performance by students. There is also no question that in the majority of major universities the educators are very liberal and sympathetic to the formation of a social state. Here in lies a conflict between human nature as I describe it and the human nature of liberal educators with tenure that have reached a comfort zone of directing the future leaders of our country with democrat socialist ideas.
7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.
The efforts of democrat socialist is obvious and to some degree very successful in achieving social state goals. This again is the force of human nature at odds with each other. Those who believe in God and religion are accused of “blind faith” while those who are working to get God and religion out of government rules and decisions are classified as without a moral base, Morales are very important to a large part of our population. This battle will continue but despite some gains by social state advocates the decision is still up in the air.
8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
This issue has become more important in the last three years and global marketing has further eroded our country’s economy. It is the kind of issue our human nature is inclined to say; that isn’t fair and politicians are quick to capitalize on with promises of “wealth redistribution.” Of course this approach will never happen and voters will wake up saying, “what happened!” and the politicians will say their political opponents manipulated the laws to preclude them from achieving redistribution of wealth but they have made progress in other areas to make the voters life easier with government help. Without question the class warfare issue is the most serious of the 8-point program Saul advocates at least at this point in our history.
No one has to be a political expert to see that the U.S. public is fed up with politicians and their self-interest driven actions to preserve their respective interest in controlling the government. Its understandable Berne’s heart felt interest in implementing democrat/socialist government and you can also understand that frustrated voters see hope in his offer. On the other hand Trump’s popularity’s is only explainable by the frustration and anger of voters who have been lied to by their own party and well as the opposition party. They want someone who “says it like it is” but I don’t know what that can or will mean if “the Donald” is elected.
What I do believe is that we must recognize that Saul Alinsky’s plan for a social state is well on it’s way to fruition but there is every hope that human nature, the desire to control what happens to ourselves can win over the idea of becoming a ward of the state [no matter how comfortable it may appear] and it is my hope that human nature will win.