The American agitator and leftist tactician Saul Alinsky (left) came up with what he called his 12 Rules for Radicals, a document which establishes that a keen and practical intelligence can serve the cause of thoroughly rotten ideas. His little guide to bullying and bluffing, character assassination, silencing opponents, media spinning and the artful re-framing of established norms as injustices and travesties can be read here. If they seem recently familiar, no surprise: all were deployed against Tony Abbott, who could not even wink at the idea of a disabled, dirty-talking, phone-sex granny without being depicted as a misogynist monster. That’s all history, though. Of greater interest to the moment is Alinsky’s very specific Rule #4:
Make opponents live up to their own set of rules
This brings to mind the ongoing stink about Safe Schools, itself an example of Rule 1:
Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.
Given that Safe Schools was conceived, developed, promoted and is now being defended by a tiny but noisy body of LGBTI activists, Alinsky’s ghost must be rejoicing that his advice has proven so useful. Mind you, lavish public funding helps as well.
In any case, back to Rule 1 and its advice that the feet of ideological enemies must be held to the flame of consistency. This is highly relevant in the light of the Victorian government’s decision that, despite Canberra’s just-announced amendments to Safe Schools, the program will be taught as-is in the Garden State. Indeed, Premier Daniel Andrews is so keen on encouraging young boys to pretend they are young girls he has vowed to make sure it is in effect at “at every Victorian Government secondary school.” Such is his enthusiasm for penis-tucking 101 it is tempting to suspect his CFMEU mates from union days must have squeezed the teachers union out of at least some of the funding action.
That’s what the Premier demands — no less than “every school” promote Safe Schools front-and-centre. So let’s heed Alinsky’s advice and make sure Mr Andrews is as good as his word by requesting — nay, demanding — that Safe Schools be delivered to all schools equally, without reservation, qualification or exemption.
This means, of course, making every effort to see the pro-gay message laid before what Arkan Toledo, an organisation devoted to furthering Islamic education in state schools, estimates to be some 25,000 Muslim students in the state’s public schools (as per the video below).
Can we really proclaim ourselves a true multicultural society if Muslim kids are denied first-hand briefings on topics educational authorities regard as absolutely essential for the enlightenment of infidel peers. There can be no discrimination in the Garden State! Young Mohammad must be encouraged to veil-up and pretend he is Fatima, just as Little Johnny is playing at being gender-fluid Jenny.
Then sit back and wait for the fun and games in areas with significant Muslim enrollments, such as Broadmeadows and Werribee, when Islamic parents are informed that expertise in anal lubricants and cross-dressing are essential aspects of a well-rounded education.
Premier Andrews has promised no less. Let us see him held to his word, perhaps by dropping a line directly to the man himself via
Also, phone calls might not be amiss, so the Premier’s office number is worth noting:
(03) 9651 5000
If anyone asks, just tell ’em Saul Alinsky sent you.
Roger Franklin is the editor of Quadrant Online. As to lubricants, his preference is WD40.