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The vicious attack by the proponents of the yes campaign on Dr Pansy Lai, like the attack on Margaret Court before her, was an exercise of the blunt instrument of Saul Alinsky’s 1971 call to arms “Rules for Radicals”. Rule 12 states simply: “..Pick the target, freeze it, personalise it, and polarise it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not instit­utions; people hurt faster than instit­utions..” 

It’s worth noting in the current climate with the toxic bullying coming from the yes proponents as illustrated against Dr Lai and Margaret Court and the street violence in the US by ANTIFA, that both Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama were both acolytes of Alinsky with Obama carrying on Alinsky’s work on the streets of Chicago as a community organiser. Clinton wrote her final year essay at Wellesley College on Alinsky and was granted the privilege of previewing the manuscript of Rules for Radicals before it was published