On Breaking Bad, when you need something, shall we say, taken care of, you call Saul. Well, more and more, when conservatives are looking for such strategic advice, they call on a different Saul … leftist organizer Saul Anlisky.
I’ve long lamented the fact that more and more, conservatives are using his book, Rules for Radicals, as a sort of political Bible. While it’s always smart to “know thy enemy as thy self,” Alinsky’s nihilistic “ends justify the means” philosophy is hardly the kind of thing one should emulate.
For Christian conservatives, the trend toward an Alinsky-driven political strategy makes political participation even more dicey (after all, this is a guy who dedicated his book to Lucifer).
That’s what my latest column for The Week is about. Here’s an excerpt:
“For Christians, political involvement has a way of breaking bad. The real danger is that over time, it has a coarsening effect, and that our political ranks and church pews alike will be filled full of Walter Whites who will do anything to achieve their goals. They are wise as serpents, but no longer innocent as doves. For what shall it profit a man if he should win the election, but lose his soul?”
Read the whole thing here.