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Liberals’ thin edge of delegitimization has brought with it the thick wedge of lawlessness. In contrast to leftist apologists’ claims, this is not an unintended consequence but a direct result of the left’s strategy to deny authority to the existing status quo. It knows exactly what it is doing, only America remains in the dark.

Lacking control of legitimate authority, and thereby the means to remake society, the left must seize authority. To do so, it must first wrest authority from its legitimate holders. Unable to do this by force, or it undoubtedly would do so, it must erode the legitimacy by which authority is currently held. The left therefore must undermine current legitimacy and delegitimize it.

None of this is new — least of all to the left. America’s godfather of leftist radicals, Saul Alinsky, propounded this throughout his life. Half a century ago, Alinsky wrote the radicals’ Bible, Rules for Radicals, which he called “a pragmatic primer for realistic radicals.” Describing the ideal organizer, Alinsky stated: “He knows that all values are relative.” He must “maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a ‘dangerous enemy.’” To organize, he must first disorganize: “The first step in community organization is community disorganization.” To successfully attack, he must: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

What Alinsky wrote 50 years ago, America’s left has been implementing over the last four. It started with delegitimization and progressed from incivility to civil unrest.

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