NOTE: The following is protected by federal copyright law and is an excerpt from the book Marxianity written by Brannon Howse and is not to be published online. The footnotes that document the content in this article are found in the book Marxianity or the eBook.
In Chapter 1, I briefly told you the story of how a series of Worldview Weekend conferences were shut down by a group known as the Gamaliel Network, along with Antifa groups, and Islamic groups. Yet because shutting us down is merely the tip of the iceberg of what this organization is all about, exposing its Marxist-promoting agenda warrants a chapter of its own.
In 1986, Gregory Galluzzo became founding director of the Gamaliel Network, and along with being a Jesuit priest, Galluzzo was a devotee of Saul Alinsky. Galluzzo is also the man who enticed Barack Obama to move to Chicago and, under his tutelage, to become an Alinsky-style community organizer. The former president even acknowledges that Galluzzo was largely responsible for his win over Hillary Clinton in the Iowa primary that set him on the trajectory to become president of the United States. This is how Chicago magazine told the story in 2011:
[quote] The End of Community Organizing in Chicago? Barack Obama, the man dubbed the organizer in chief, left Chicago for the White House, and the business of community organizing in the city now faces an uncertain future. What’s more, the movement—once rooted in liberalism—is being adopted by groups on the right, including the Tea Party. It has now been more than four years since Barack Obama threw an arm around Gregory Galluzzo in Iowa and confided that whenever anybody asked how his presidential campaign had so quickly assembled its grassroots operation, it would credit Galluzzo’s mentorship, a former Jesuit priest who had been drawn to Chicago by the work of Saul Alinsky, the father of community organizing. Galluzzo had good reason to feel proud. He was indirectly responsible for bringing young Barack Obama to Chicago to be an organizer. Obama’s subsequent election was like a son winning an office, says Galluzzo. [end quote]
Obama worked for the Gamaliel Network, as explained in “Activist Who Taught Obama to Be a Community Organizer Is Retiring,” an article in CBS Chicago:
[quote] The man who taught a young Barack Obama how to be a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago recalls his ability to talk to anyone, from the very poor to the very rich. At 69, Greg Galluzzo is weeks from retiring — or at least not getting paid — from the Gamaliel Foundation, the training and consulting organization he has directed since 1986. [end quote]
And in a March 22, 2014 article entitled, “The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism,” The New York Times points out the organization’s connection to the Church of Rome:
[quote] “He had to do a power analysis of each Catholic Church,” said one of his mentors at the time, Gregory Galluzzo, a former Jesuit priest and disciple of the organizer Saul Alinsky. “Mr. Obama,” Mr. Galluzzo said, “soon understood the chain of command and who had influence in individual parishes.” [end quote]
I wrote extensively about Saul Alinsky in my book Grave Influence, but as a reminder: he was the Marxist author of Rules for Radicals, a book he originally dedicated to Lucifer, whom he called the first radical. Alinsky is unflinching in laying out his view of economics:
[quote] A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage – the political paradise of Communism.
When Barack Obama became president, Investors Business Daily recognized the significance of Obama’s training in Alinsky tactics and published an article called, “Alinsky Rules Must Reading in Obama Era.” The article explained:
Alinsky’s worldview was that mankind is divided into three parts: the “haves, the have-nots and the have-a-little, want mores.” His purpose was to teach the have-nots how to take power and money away from the haves by creating mass organizations to seize power, and he admitted “this means revolution.”
He wanted a radical change of American’s social and economic structure, and he planned to achieve that through creating public discontent and moral confusion. Alinsky developed strategies to achieve power through mass organization, and organizing was his word for revolution. He wanted to move the US from capitalism to socialism, where the means of production would be owned by all people (i.e., the government). A believer in economic determinism, he viewed unemployment, disease, crime and bigotry as byproducts of capitalism. “Change” was Alinsky’s favorite word, used on page after page. “I will argue,” he wrote “that man’s hopes lie in the acceptance of the great law of change.” [end quote]
The Alinsky “change” theme should sound familiar. It was echoed throughout Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and his presidency. Hope and change were mantras he picked up directly from Saul Alinsky.
I suppose I should feel honored that a group powerful enough to put a man in the White House would bother to undermine our Worldview Weekend conferences. It suggests to me that we are absolutely on target. Borrowing the wise phrase from the Air Force, “You catch the most ‘flak’ when you’re directly over the target.”