Obama and the 8 Levels of Control by Saul Alinsky-Unproven!

Summary of the eRumor:
This is a forwarded email that alleged that President Obama took advice and training from Saul Alinsky.  The email contains 8 points to creating a social state, which it alleged that Alinsky authored.
 

The Truth:  
This eRumor starts out of the gate with a lie.  Saul Alinsky died in 1972 when Barack Obama was 10 years old.  There is no way that Obama could have been personally mentored by Alinsky.

We have not determined that Alinsky wrote the "8 Levels of Control," Although Alinsky did write a book called "Rules for Radicals," which was published in 1971.  The book has been noted to be popular among the members of the political progressive movement.   According to a March 9, 2007 article by Human Events Hillary Rodham's senior thesis at Wellesley College was an analysis of the Alinsky Model titled "There Is Only the Fight . . . "

We did a search of the text in "8 Levels of Control" and found some versions that do not reference President Obama. 

One version is alleged to have been written by John C. Leary on a blog on the Beufort Observer.  

We are trying to contact Leary for a confirmation and continuing our investigation on this.

We will post findings here when we get them.

 

Posted 01/19/14

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
All in a day's work according to Obama who took advice and training from Saul Alinsky.

How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky

There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.

1) Healthcare
Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty
Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt
Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control
Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare
Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

6) Education
Take control of what people read and listen to � take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion
Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools

8) Class Warfare
Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States ?