“This is the world as it is. This is where you start.”

—Saul D. Alinsky, 20th Century American writer

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Saul David Alinsky (1909-1972) was a Chicago-born community organizer and writer often considered the founder of modern community organizing. He worked to improve the living conditions of poor communities across North America. Alinsky is known for his 1971 book, Rules for Radicals, which counsels activists on achieving change and knowing “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.”

The quote and commentary for today came from the Goodreads post for January 30, 2017.

The idea of a realistic radical versus a rhetorical one had me look over the past year and half to assess people in both groups.


Where will you start today, given that this is the world as it is?