D'Souza: Profiteering Off The Social Justice Scam

Originally posted at WND by Dinesh D’Souza.

As a penniless student at the University of Chicago, Saul Alinsky hit upon a clever way to eat meals without having to pay for them. Alinsky – viewed by many progressives as the father of the social justice movement – described this technique in an interview given to Playboy magazine just before his death in 1972.

In those days customers in the university cafeteria system didn’t pay the waitress; rather, they went up to the cashier and paid. Alinsky first went to the cashier and ordered a cup of coffee; at that time it cost a nickel. The cashier would write him a ticket listing that price. Then he would go to another cafeteria and order a full meal. The waitress would give him the check for the meal. Alinsky would then pocket the bill for his meal and submit his nickel ticket to the cashier. By switching checks, he was eating full meals and paying just for his cup of coffee.

This is the kind of scam one can see a clever, impoverished slum kid like Alinsky pulling off. What made Alinsky original is that he shared this knowledge with his fellow students and turned it into an organized scam. Alinsky put up signs on the university bulletin board and invited students to attend a presentation, complete with maps of the cafeteria system. Pretty soon he had a large horde of students signed up for his scam. “We got the system down to a science, and for six months all of us were eating free.”

Asked by Playboy if he had any qualms about ripping of the university, Alinsky said, “Are you kidding? The right to eat takes precedence over the right to make a profit.”

Saul Alinsky is viewed by progressives as a champion of social justice. He fought for unions, he fought for racial minorities, and he inspired the social justice crusades of Obama and Hillary. In fact he is the author of the “social justice scam” that is at the heart of the Obama presidency and the Hillary presidential campaign.

Here we see in retrospect the founding moment of today’s progressive movement. The young thief displays all the organizational zeal that would later characterize a whole generation of progressives. We also see in him a familiar sense of entitlement. Alinsky has a “right” to steal because stealing is, from his perverse point of view, a form of social justice. Alinsky and his freeloading buddies were just getting their “fair share.”

From petty scams, Alinsky wanted to move up into bigger ones. Once again they were framed in terms of social justice. He changed his academic focus to criminology and managed to work his way into the confidence of various Chicago gangs like the 42 Mob and the Sholto Street Gang. Eventually, he penetrated the Capone mob itself and got to know the top brass personally.

In particular, he became good friends with Frank Nitti, Capone’s “enforcer” and No. 2 man. “Nitti took me under his wing,” Alinsky told Playboy. “I called him the Professor, and I became his student. Nitti’s boys took me everywhere, showed me all the mob’s operations, from gin mills to whorehouses and bookie joints. I got to know the workings of the Capone mob inside out.”

Alinsky plainly admired how the Capone gang could shake down various merchants and commercial establishments and extort money from them at will. “They had Chicago tied up tight as a drum,” he recalled. “They owned the city, from the cop on the beat right up to the mayor.”

Then he had a crucial insight. Perhaps there was a legal way to organize a shakedown. “Here I am, a smart son of a b–ch. I graduated cum laude and all that s–t.” He knew he could figure a way. “And then,” he says, “it came to me, that little light bulb lit over my head.”

Basically, Alinsky realized that the answer was politics. In politics, you can steal from people without violence or the risk of getting knocked off yourself. In politics, there is such a thing as legal theft. So Alinsky moved to politics, yet he patterned his political operations on what he learned from crime. Even the term “community organizer,” which Alinsky invited, is derived from the term “organized crime.”

Alinsky recognized, however, that ripoffs to avoid detection must be camouflaged in the language of morality and social justice. Long before Obama and Hillary, their mentor Alinsky mastered the art of the “fair share” pitch.

“I learned a hell of a lot about the uses and abuses of power from the mob,” Alinsky said, “lessons that stood me in good stead later on, when I was organizing.” But never did it occur to the mob that their shakedown operations could somehow be portrayed as just or good for society. Despite the rhetorical flimflam, Alinsky always recognized that he was extracting money and power from those who had it in just the way criminal gangs did.

The mob taught Alinsky, and Alinsky founded a school that taught his methods to scores of disciples, most prominently including a current president, Barack Obama, and an aspiring one, Hillary Clinton.

Hillary got to know Alinsky in high school, invited him to speak at Wellesley College and wrote her thesis on him. He offered her a job, but Hillary figured out how to do the master one better. Rather than be an outside agitator, she would find a way to use government power to pull off her heists. In the book “Clinton Cash,” Peter Schweizer shows how Hillary used her positions as U.S. senator and then secretary of state to lubricate a continuing flow of cash both to the Clinton Foundation and to the personal coffers of the Clintons themselves.

Obama studied under Alinsky’s team and became a trainer in Alinsky shakedown methods. Obamacare is a classic Alinsky caper. Obama conned the American people into thinking he was conspiring with them against the insurance companies, whereas in fact he conspired with the insurance companies against the American people. Obama got the insurance industry to support Obamacare by agreeing to force millions of Americans to buy insurance they did not want, thus increasing industry profits. In this way Obama extended government control – his control – over one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Alinsky would have been impressed to see this scam pulled off at the highest levels of government.

Alinsky died rich in the well-heeled beachside town of Carmel, California. (He literally dropped dead of a heart attack on his way home from the bank.) Likewise his most prominent disciples, Obama and Hillary, started out modestly but are both on their way to amassing huge personal fortunes. These fortunes, however, are not earned by producing anything but rather through shaking down productive businesses and hardworking citizens. We are the ones paying for the lordly lifestyles of these ripoff artists.

It has always been the mobster’s dream to control a bigger empire, even to run a country. Capone was like Don Corleone. He didn’t get there himself – but if he knew that his operations have indirectly inspired the current and aspiring leadership of the United States, surely he would be smiling.

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  • Charlotte says:

    December 7, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Brilliant article. Thank you.

  • Mike says:

    December 7, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Great insight.

  • Ronald says:

    December 8, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    Gaining control of the media to dictate what the people see in the news, giving the masses bits of distorted news to further the socialist agenda is what played a key role in getting a foreign born Moslem elected to the highest office. Community organizer, from organized crime – true, old style Chicago politics, the root of organized crime. The biggest con ever perpetrated on the American people, Barack Hussein Obama, by his very name should not have even been considered as a candidate. And now, another con named Hillary Clinton is being put upon us.

    • Lisa Bauer says:

      December 9, 2015 at 6:10 AM

      To you who wrote the comment, “Barack Hussein Obama, by his very name, should not have even been considered a candidate.” This is an incredibly racist and offensive statement. The article is interesting until it gets into conjecture and wild and crazy statements! So tired of hearing conspiracy theories peppering otherwise interesting articles (e.g. foreign born despite all of the documentation that shows he was born in Honolulu, HI; that he is a Muslim! He was raised as a Christian and has practiced his Christian faith since he was a child. All of this was vetted before he could be sworn in. Prior to his swearing in, he debunked the Muslim claim and stated that he has been attending the same church for 20 years, which was verified by naysayers. It is true that both his father and stepfather are Muslim. And he did spend a part of his childhood in Indonesia where he went through both Catholic and secular schools. Point in0case, I spent two years living in Turkey?(I really did). My caregiver was a Turkish maid/nanny and I also spent a lot of time with our Turkish gardener (robbing him of his yummy cookies I’m afraid!). Both the maid and the gardener were devout Muslims and I was constantly in their care. Is this sufficient proof to state that I’m a Muslim? (I’m not) No proof other than, “because I said so”, has been offered to substantiate the claims that our President is Muslim, or that he is foreign born. While I am not necessarily happy with the state of affairs, I am disgusted that these baseless rumors continue to be thrown about. I expect more of intelligent people than to spread this tripe. It’s fine if you don’t like the man. Just don’t spread rumors, innuendo, and out and out lies. Thank you and Happy holidays!

      • Paul says:

        December 9, 2015 at 2:16 PM

        Ronald was discerning. Lisa, you were duped.

        • Cindy K says:

          December 11, 2015 at 6:20 PM

          Lisa, you say he was raised a Christian and practiced that faith ever since? (I won’t even go into your other comments that I disagree with.) The definition of “Christian” is subjective, so it’s tricky…..but….I think I can go out on a limb and say that Obama is not your average Christian.

          First, lets just take the most recent church Obama & family belonged to. Jeremiah Wright’s in Chicago (Wright has since retired.) I forget it’s exact name, but it’s easy enough for you to look up. Your mainstream Christian community would certainly disagree that Wright’s church portrays Christianity. It preaches Black Theology, something very different. No Christian would ever mock scripture as Obama does when he brings up certain verses in Leviticus, which he misinterprets anyway. When Rick Warren interviewed Obama & McCain in 2008, they were asked about how to define marriage and Obama responded it was “between one man and one woman.” In recent years David Axelrod, one of his major campaign advisers & promoters said that Obama lied about that in order to get the vote. As far as being raised Christian from his mother and grandparents, that’s funny because his mom was definitely an atheist and I believe his grandparents were, too. Yes, they attended a church in Hawaii but again, like Chicago, it was not a true Christ-serving church. They belonged to the Socialist party and they don’t/didn’t believe in the God Christians do.

        • Bekah says:

          December 11, 2015 at 7:33 PM

          Yes Paul, Lisa swallowed the fabrication of the person of Obama, hook, line and sinker.

      • Darren says:

        December 11, 2015 at 3:15 PM

        My god open your eyes it’s true saul was a criminal and all said is fact

  • Sarah Hardy says:

    December 11, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Stay on topic @Lisa Bauer. What’s more disturbing than your diatribe is redirecting the subject matter. Fine manners ignore rumors.

  • Paul Etheridge says:

    December 11, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    I think the proper term to use is “doped,” and she continues to be duped.

  • Paul Etheridge says:

    December 11, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    And, by the way, this documentation you speak of has by no means been thoroughly vetted.

    • Ralph says:

      December 12, 2015 at 7:03 AM

      As a lifelong Christian looking at the 2008 candidates for president, I looked at Obama, who claimed to be a Christian and asked myself, after 9/11, what Christian would change their name from Barry Soetoro to Barak Hussein Obama?
      I couldn’t imagine any CHRISTIAN who would do it.

  • K Fisher says:

    December 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    This is one of the most interesting & insightful articles I have ever read about Alinsky, what the progressives consider to be “social justice”(more word smithing), organized crime=community organizer, and his greatest students(Obozo & Hillarity) that have learned from the teacher how to camouflage their power & money grab. Excellent article!!

  • Paula J says:

    December 22, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    He would be smiling if he wasn’t in hell. That’s the thing about the Clintons. How much time do they have left, both are in their 60’s and you can’t take it with you. It seems none of these people who accept Alinski-ism ever repent and warn others like Chuck Colson and the Republicans did who sold out for Watergate and they had no malice for anyone, just over-protectiveness of their ideologies. I worked with some of these leftists and wish I’d known more about who they were then. They hurt a lot of people and seemed to have no souls. Heartless.