Advertise Rodham closed her thesis by emphasizing that she reserved a place for Alinsky in the pantheon of social action — seated next to Martin Luther King, the poet-humanist Walt Whitman, and Eugene Debs, the labor leader now best remembered as the five-time Socialist Party candidate for president.
Edited by Frank Marafiote for the Internet. With Hillary Clinton likely to pursue the Democratic nomination for president inquestions about her intellectual and moral education abound. One of the major intellectual influences — perhaps an emotional one was well — was radical social philosopher and activist Saul Alinsky.
As this story shows, Alinsky was both the ladder Hillary climbed to gain new perspectives on society — specifically the poor — and then, once there, a ladder she tossed aside when she no longer needed it.
The children of the Sixties combined the typical young adult developmental cycle with a unique cycle in the life of this nation. They were not only trying to learn about dating, but also about foreign policy, ethics, and racism. Hillary Clinton was quintessentially one of these people — a Sixties person, although we would hardly have recognized her as such.
It was also commonplace. Her generation was mixing private rites of passage with public ones, and it seemed right to do so. Hillary Clinton was a conformist to the extent that she mixed these personal and political levels early, at a time when most of the people did likewise. She was as marked by her chronological age and the Age of Aquarius as most Sixties people were — and she is probably where she is today because she was even more influenced by it than the rest of us.
It is no accident that she chose to write about Saul Alinsky for her senior thesis at Wellesley College. As a social activist, Alinsky was as much a part of the Sixties as was Kennedy and King. He was in the background creating the foreground of interpretation: Like the headband, Hillary abandoned much of what influenced her back then.
But still this heavy identification with her age and THE age continued in bold form right after she completed her senior thesis. It had to matter to her that the classes before remained in their seats, not quite sure of what had just happened.
This literal order of approval is important to our understanding of Hillary Clinton. She learned early on that people interpret things by their age. No one needs the tag of the Sixties any more. Her repudiation of the tag is one of the reasons that Wellesley Collegeat her request, does not release her senior thesis to the public.
Hillary is socially and personally based in the Sixties, not in its cultural but in its political dimension. Perpetual bad hair days. Thus she needed to leave as much of the Sixties behind her as possible. This repudiation of the Sixties began early in her life.
Say Alinsky and people think radical, that American word that now has a bad reputation.
The pragmatism of a politician joins the fundamentalism of a certain kind of true believer: this marriage is what has taken Hillary beyond her senior thesis. She does exactly what Alinsky would have taught her to do — to read, continuously, from experience. Watch video · Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky and Lucifer, explained. By Aaron Blake and. Aaron Blake. Senior political reporter, writing for The Fix. Hillary Clinton's thesis on Saul Alinsky (Marilyn. A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree under the Special Honors Program, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
He personified the American theory of pragmatism in his commitment to power.Hillary D. Rodham's senior thesis at Wellesley College, written in , has been speculated about, spun, analyzed, debated, criticized and defended.
But rarely has it been read. benjaminpohle.com's Bill. My Hunt for Hillary’s ‘Radical’ Thesis.
Spoiler alert for Ben Carson: There’s not really a triangle connecting the presidential candidate, the community organizer and the devil. In , Hillary Rodham wrote a page senior thesis for Wellesley College about community organizer Saul Alinsky entitled "There Is Only the Fight An Analysis of the .
The pragmatism of a politician joins the fundamentalism of a certain kind of true believer: this marriage is what has taken Hillary beyond her senior thesis. She does exactly what Alinsky would have taught her to do — to read, continuously, from experience. A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree under the Special Honors Program, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Hillary’s senior thesis about activist Saul Alinsky. By Donna Schaper with Rake Morgan and Frank Marafiote contributing. Edited by Frank Marafiote for the Internet.