1. 10

    The fourth rule is: "Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules." You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.

    42
  2. 9

    Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.

    46
  3. 8

    In the beginning the organizer's first job is to create the issues or problems.

    47
  4. 7

    History is a relay of revolutions.

    49
  5. 6

    The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.

    50
  6. 5

    Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

    82
  7. 4

    Control healthcare and you control the people

    92
  8. 3

    They have the guns and therefore we are for peace and for reformation through the ballot. When we have the guns then it will be through the bullet.

    97
  9. 2

    True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within.

    107
  10. 1

    The despair is there; now it's up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change.

    188
  11. Last Update: 21 January 2022

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