He was a sometimes brutal seeker of power for others, schooling radicals with maxims such as “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. She criticized Alinsky, not so much for his tactics, but for his focus on organization. Interest in the thesis and in Clinton’s relationship with Alinsky continued during the Democratic Party presidential primaries , as Clinton battled Illinois Senator Barack Obama , who had also been reported to have been exposed to Alinsky-style ideas and methods during his time as a Chicago community organizer. Alinsky’s central critique of government antipoverty programs — that they tended to be too top-down and removed from the wishes of individuals. Just last month, an anonymous commentator lamented on the conservative Web site Free Republic, “She’s a Marxist.
The thesis was sympathetic to Alinsky’s critiques of government antipoverty programs, but criticized Alinsky’s methods as largely ineffective, all the while describing Alinsky’s personality as appealing. At the time Hillary Rodham brought him to Wellesley in January to speak at a private dinner for a dozen students, he was expressing dissatisfaction with New Left protesters such as the Students for a Democratic Society. This page was last edited on 28 December , at Follow her on Twitter JenKuznicki. In , Alinsky was developing an institute in Chicago at his Industrial Areas Foundation, aimed at training organizers to galvanize a surprising target:
By her junior year, she had to be talked by her thesie into taking an internship with Rep. Readers can copy only a few pages.
A New York Times review of Rodham’s thesis summarized her views as follows: Where Alinsky tactics are used now on both sides to confuse and agitate, Hillary is poised to become the supreme leader with all the power and tools of our monstrous government at her fingertips.
The old Jewish radical was famous as a community organizer from Chicago’s Back of the Yards, the home of stockyard workers made famous by Sail Sinclair’s “The Jungle. Accessed March 3, I sure wish we could unearth that sealed thesis of hers that she wrote at Wellesley.
You know, I’ve been on this kick for 25 years. The hell-raiser’s witty provocations were famous.
So far, that action has sealed precisely one document: Little, Brown and Co. In earlythe White House requested that Wellesley not release the thesis to anyone.
Though some student activists of the s may have idolized Alinsky, he didn’t particularly idolize them. The New York Times. Under Wellesley’s rule, Clinton’s thesis became available to researchers clijton when the Clintons left the White House in — available only to those who visit the Wellesley archives. He vowed to ‘rub raw the sores of discontent’ and compel action through agitation. Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty’ programs.
She noted, however, that he was trying to broaden his reach: A First Lady for Our Time. When Rodham returned to Thssis for her senior year and began scouting for a topic for her honors thesis, professor Schechter suggested she look up Alinsky again.
She declined the latter, saying that “after spending a year trying to make sense out of [Alinsky’s] inconsistency, I need three years of legal rigor. The difference is that Fhesis really believes in them and recognizes the necessity of changing the present structures of our lives in order to realize them.
Webarchive template wayback links. As forbidden fruit, the writings of a year-old college senior, examining the tactics of radical community organizer Saul D.
Judith Warner’s “Hillary Clinton: Aljnsky stories currently unavailable Top videos Popular videos currently unavailable. Syndicated columnists Jack Anderson and Jan Moller tried to gain access inbut they were rebuffed by both Wellesley and the White House.
The thesis was made available after the Clintons left the White House in by the Wellesley College archives.
Dedman found that the thesis did xlinton disclose much of Rodham’s own views. She’s a much more thoughtful, cautious, careful, pragmatic person — she’s been burned so often.
What drove Hillary was how to get there. Most likely, she does not want the American people to know the extent to which she internalized sajl assimilated the beliefs and methods of Saul Alinsky.
Wellesley College, a stop on the tour for Hillary Clinton researchers. Hillary kept in contact with Alinsky throughout college and while in law school, she wrote him a letter claiming that she missed corresponding with him.
Rodham, Wellesley College class ofhas been speculated about, spun, analyzed, debated, criticized and defended.