Alinsky's book is divided into twelve rules, as follows:
rule 1: "Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have."
rule 2: "Never go outside the expertise of your people."
rule 3: "Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy."
rule 4: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules."
rule 5: "Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon."
rule 6: "A good tactic is one your people enjoy."
rule 7: "A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag."
rule 8: "Keep the pressure on. Never let up."
rule 9: "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself."
rule 10: "If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive."
rule 11: "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative."
rule 12: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."
Keeping in mind that the "enemy" Alinsky refers to is us, let's examine each of these rules in greater detail.
Rule 1 says basically that duplicity is the path to power. The objective is to lie about what you have, what you know, and what you're going to do. The lesson here is to never believe anything the government – or its Managed State Media (MSM) – says.
There are no exceptions to this rule. The Benghazi video lie was not an anomaly. It was the inevitable result of the fact that federal operatives are incapable of telling the truth.
Rule 2 is a reminder that, to the government, people are only tools. And the carpenter doesn't tell his hammer why he's hitting the nail with it. The lesson is that when dealing with government useful idiots (liberals), remember they are only mindless hammers being used by a devious carpenter to drive a specific nail.
Rule 3 is an admonition to us, the enemy, to maintain the awareness necessary to preclude the government's "going outside" our expertise If you are aware of the vast untapped petroleum deposits under the United States, government lies about depletion of our resources won't work.
Rules 4 and 5 are double edged swords. use them against the government as they try to use them against you. Hold them to what they said and hold them up to mockery when they don't do what they said.
Rules 6, 7, 8, and 12 are warnings that government attacks are going to be zealous, constantly changing, persistent, and focused. Witness the government's climate attacks that have shifted from global cooling through acid rain, ozone depletion, and phosphate poisoning to global warming. Lesson: to repel government attacks we must stay zealous, flexible, persistent , and focused.
Rule 9 is a repeat of Rule 1.
Rule 10 is an admonition that if you call someone (for example) a racist long enough and loudly enough, even you will start to believe it. The lesson: ignore government panic attacks. They're pushing a non-existent negative to achieve a (for them) positive result.
Rule 11 is an admission that the government is not interested in constructive solutions – only in successful attacks. The lesson is clear: only a fool would believe the government has your best interests at heart, and only a liar would tell you that.