I’m pretty good at tracking things down on the Internet but a few months ago when I tried to find Hillary Clinton’s Wellesley College thesis on. It is no accident that she chose to write about Saul Alinsky for her senior thesis at Wellesley College. As a social activist, Alinsky was as much a. An Analysis of the Alinsky Model,” a page senior thesis at Wellesley College on the elder radical’s tactics. At the Clintons’ request, the thesis.

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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The pragmatism szul a politician joins the fundamentalism of a certain kind of true believer: Lost in the proxy war over Alinsky is any sense of who he really was, what he did, and what he believed.

Though I can assure you that I will very soon,” Lacivita added with a laugh. Surely she had prepared even deeper ground for the encounter with Chicago, Alinsky, King and poverty in the curriculum used during Sunday School.

His books and colorful campaigns brought him a great deal of attention including a glowing profile in Time magazine inand he became an iconic figure among organizers, even after he died in They can count on the fact that most Americans have never heard of Alinsky.

That simple shift in perspective was the key foundation for her, as a Goldwater activist throughout high school and the daughter of a Republican. He called the idea a “fart-in. Given the rare honor of offering a student speech at her Wellesley commencement, she startled the faculty and parents — and thrilled many of her classmates — with a rambling rebuke to the day’s main speaker, the black Republican Sen.

Retrieved from ” https: Rodham researched the thesis by interviewing Alinsky and others, and by conducting visits to low-income areas of Chicago nearby to her hometown, Park Ridge, Illinois and observing Community Action Programs in those areas.

Her motivation may have been religious in that uniquely public way that Jones taught her. I realize that there are many people who feel the way you do.


But few have made the trip, and the document’s allure continued to grow. Thhesis loved Saul Alinsky. It is a large PDF file — please give it a moment to download and open.

So far, that action has sealed precisely one document: After three years of organizing, he turned to Harvard Law School and then the Illinois legislature. When she ran against Obama for the Democratic Party nomination inthe right also attacked her as another Alinsky devotee. He was widely known as a drinker and thought of drugs as counter-culture in a ridiculous way. I sure wish we could unearth that sealed thesis of hers that she wrote at Wellesley.

Reading Hillary Rodham’s hidden thesis

Before the toilet flushing escapade ever had a chance to happen, the city council gave in and granted some demands. It is a matter of perspective and of looking deeper and the situation behind the data. But will law enforcement follow suit?

I think the time is now. We can get together around your kitchen table, or mine. He said he was happy to work with anyone — the Roman Catholic Church, black Protestants, the communists — whoever would invite him into a neighborhood.

She may not have known just how much Alinsky hated lawyers, but he hated them with a severity that makes her career choice all the more interesting. Community organizing, he believed, taught people how to win concrete victories through creative tactics that were fun and morale-building.

The difference is that Alinsky really believes in them and recognizes the necessity of changing the present structures of our lives in order to realize them. As this story shows, Alinsky was both the ladder Hillary climbed to gain new perspectives on society — specifically the poor — and then, once there, a ladder she tossed aside when she no longer needed it.

Email required Address never made public. Individual consciences are fine, but individual con sciences have to alinskyy made manifest. Caesar Chavez is a well-known example of an Alinsky disciple, chosen and hewn by the master. Obama was constantly attacked for his supposed allegiance to Alinsky during his two campaigns for president, and throughout his presidency.


One example in a real political context shows her legal and activist mind at work.

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Alinsky taught that confrontation and conflict were often necessary to change power relations. While the work by Rodham as a college student was the subject of much speculation in articles and biographies of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the s, access to the thesis was limited by the college, at the request of the Clinton White House, during her time as first lady.

October 13, at 8: Her experience taught her to go other places. Under Wellesley’s rule, Clinton’s thesis became available to researchers again when the Clintons left the White House in — available only to those who visit the Wellesley archives. Another part she laid charitably to an Alinsky character trait: Judith Warner’s “Hillary Clinton: Her options after graduation were attending law school at Harvard or Yale, traveling to India on a Fulbright scholarship, or taking the job with Alinsky’s new training institute, which would have allowed her to live in Park Ridge with her parents, Hugh and Dorothy Rodham, and commute into Chicago.

During the s, Alinsky was particularly scornful of the student New Left and the campus anti-war movement. In fact, in West Michigan, a similar tactic successfully led to Richard Vanderveen being the first Democrat— a progressive anti-Vietnam War Democrat— in years to attain the 5th District Congressional seat after Jerry Ford held the seat for many years.