"This, then, is the cause to which we here have bound ourselves. It is the cause of making democracy a dynamic force -- of making it work -- of breaking the strangle-holds of undemocratic practices - of smashing the apathy which has pervaded much of our society -- of doing all this so that democracy may grow in every way -- and grow it must if it is to live." Statement by Saul Alinsky to the IAF Board of Directors, May 8, 1942
I can't speak to Majority Leader Harry Reid's worth or wealth, but I am confused as to why my father is mentioned in Lyle Rescott's recent letter complaining about rich socialism backers ("A narrow view of money and politics," May 29).
Saul Alinsky's yearly salary at the time of his death was $25,000. Hardly a princely sum. He owned no stocks, his life insurance policy was the totality of his estate. He owned an 8-year-old Chevy and we lived in a rented apartment. I guess the mention of his name is just included as a "dog whistle" for those who need a boogie man to convince them of evil.
Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-alinsky-letter-20140602,0,3525270.story#ixzz33VgShkey
Frank Pierson is a leading authority on the life and legacy of Saul Alinsky. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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