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Regan Leads Saul Alinsky Seminar

On his Facebook page, Coeur d'Alene School Trustee Brent Regan posts: "I’ll be giving a seminar on Saul Alinsky to the kids at the Reach America School this afternoon." Alinksy, of course, was the radical community organizer who wrote, "Rules for Radicals." Regan presented a talk on just that subject -- "Rules for Radicals" and "The Art of War" -- in a Friends for Liberty discussion in March 2010 at a Liberty Lake Church. Other speakers included Phil Hart and Tina Jacobson ("Campaign Particulars: How to run a successful campaign") and Pastor Gary Brown ("The role of clergy in the restoration of freedom"). Flyer here. Regan's interest in Alinsky may reveal why Regan is hard to pin down politically. Alinsky wrote: "

I've never joined any organization—not even the ones I've organized myself. I prize my own independence too much. And philosophically, I could never accept any rigid dogma or ideology, whether it's Christianity or Marxism. One of the most important things in life is what Judge Learned Hand described as 'that ever-gnawing inner doubt as to whether you're right.' If you don't have that, if you think you've got an inside track to absolute truth, you become doctrinaire, humorless and intellectually constipated. The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by such religious and political and racial fanatics, from the persecutions of the Inquisition on down to Communist purges and Nazi genocide."

Question: Have you ever read anything by Saul Alinsky?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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