Book Review: Rules for Anti-Radicals, by F. Paul Valone

Rules for ANTI-Radicals: A Practical Handbook for Defeating Leftism
Rules for ANTI-Radicals: A Practical Handbook for Defeating Leftism

U.S.A.-(– There are few “How to” books for conservatives on how to be effective. Rules for Anti-Radicals: A Practical Handbook for Defeating Leftism (Rules) by F. Paul Valone is one for those who wish to win in the political arena.

The book (Rules) uses Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals as an example of a practical handbook for activists to obtain what they want.  Rules for Anti-Radicals shows activists how to use the system for activists who want to defeat Leftists, preserve our rights, and preserve the Republic.

Rules for ANTI-Radicals: A Practical Handbook for Defeating Leftism

The book is available on Amazon, but you can get an autographed copy by ordering direct at the link above. The book has 352 pages, softcover, from Baucus, USA Publications, 2022. The book is priced at $24.95. The hours and days of hard-earned lessons and avoiding mistakes make it a bargain for those activists who are serious about reclaiming rights and conserving the Republic.

Fair disclosure: I have known Paul for many years. We met at a Gun Rights Policy Conference. We have corresponded.

Paul knows what he is talking about. He has won his knowledge through hard study and effective political struggle as head of Grass Roots North Carolina for nearly three decades.  His tactics are part of how the Gun Culture has been winning battles in most of the states for those three decades.

Rules does not train people to be lobbyists. Lobbyists can be effective. They are expensive.  This book is not about lobbying. It is about effective political action through an organization for activists.

Rules has a tremendous amount of practical knowledge about how to bend legislators and legislatures to your will.  It can, and often has been, done if you are willing to put in the work and develop an organization of people who take the Second Amendment seriously.

It can work for any organization which can mobilize a group of passionate supporters.  It takes hard work. It takes guts. It takes courage and time, and energy.

Rules is not a theoretical, philosophical work. It is a “how to” manual to win the battles to preserve your rights and the Republic.  It is nuts and bolts. Do this, then do that. Some will find the insights and actions distasteful.  Those who abandon the dirty business of politics will be ruled by those who were willing to do what was necessary.

There is no magic bullet. Doing the dirty work now means not having to resort to violence later when victory is uncertain.

If you want to know how to apply pressure with economic measures, read this book.

If you want to know how the politics of legislatures work, how to influence them and to become a “player” who can make things happen, read this book.

If you want to know how to use non-legislative options, read this book.

This correspondent has observed legislatures and legislators for several decades. F. Paul Valone accurately describes the system and how they work in practice instead of theoretically. Tricks and chicanery are common. They are not new. Politicians have been using them as long as legislatures have existed.

Working the political system is far easier and far less risky than allowing the system to default to violence and civil war.

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About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Added to my Book Needs list (different from my Book Wants list). On my retiree’s pension, which Bidenomics is chewing through faster than a supersonic bullet, it might take a couple of months to buy it.


Alinsky’s rules apply to everyone, and Paul Valone will help teach you how to use them to fight back against Leftists at every level.

Working at the grass roots level helps you learn how the levers of power work, and Paul has applied what he has learned over thirty years of helping fight for gun rights in America.


Rush Limbaugh had leftists dead to rights: “Leftists and their acolytes are first and foremost true believers in Leftism, and no other ideology, surely not religion, is their guide”. As I understand Rush, Leftism is their religion.


Dean, great catch. There have been a number of good books published since the Obama Regime as counters to Alinsky and his tactical manual for the Progressive New Left. Speaking as a life-long anti-communist and a graduate of one of the leftist universities who served as epicenters of Progressive New Left thought I saw this thing unfold both domestically and in the Third World. Let me begin by saying we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the principalities of the world. These forces now appear to us in the guise of “democrats’ and ‘liberals’ but they truly are… Read more »

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the reason that we have to keep our guns , people who seek power cant be trusted

Knute Knute

That is the only real “rule” to be learned in this life. That people who want power should not have it. They will abuse it for their own selfish ends. One can recognize their selfishness by noting how badly they desire power over others.
And the second part of that rule: The more that someone desires power… the more it should be kept from them. Rightly, because no such a one deserves power. They only want to seize it. They could care less how dishonestly.

Wild Bill

I wish that I had said that!


No one would deny that times are getting more and more critical. Fortunately, ‘Rules for Anti-radicals’ is a poignant guide from someone who knows how the insiders really work. This is for those who want to actually rescue freedom, to make real headway in the effort, rather than just give or listen to flowery speeches, and complain about each successive loss. There has never been a better time for a book like this, and it’s a good one! Go on offense: read ‘Rules for Anti-radicals,’ and get to work.


I have been active in local politics for 25 years or so. I’ve managed a few campaigns, mostly successful, and I am currently a PCO, (precinct committee officer), and a ballot watcher in my red county deep inside a blue curtain state. I bought this book. I have many books on political strategy including Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and I even use Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” and modified the 6 Principles of War when running campaigns. You cannot have enough reference materials, I don’t care how accomplished and smart you are, there’s always something more to learn or… Read more »


Know your enemy. That has been the failing of traditional Republicans and Conservatives. They refuse to acknowledge the fact that we fight not against ‘liberals’ but against dedicated communists.


Wow how true


Rules for radicals Why is Alec Baldwin not charged and arrested yet? The elite have there own rules The democrats do not play by the rules The media violates the rules and The Biden administration never read the rules.The congress will need to address Knife violence address those rules in a special session costing the taxpayer millions. Democrats vote them out in November Regarding the Rushdie stabbing, Handling sensitive diplomatic issues with Iran, or any nation for that matter, is so far out of Biden’s capabilities.Reading from the teleprompter is also far out of Bidens capabilities. Joe and his administration… Read more »


The Left follows the rules when it serves their purposes, and ignores the rules when it doesn’t. We ignore that bad habit at our peril. Might be time to review a “classic” lesson on the usefulness of “rules.” Or as a man greater than any “inside the beltway swamp dweller” once said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams BTW, run across any “moral and religious” Democrats lately? Some may object that there are moral and religious Democrats. I would ask them… Read more »

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moral killing a unborn child


If you have been noticing, there’s been a series of arsons of food production or warehousing facilities in America the past several years. I just read about a grain elevator burning last week.

There is something very sinister going on. I surmise it’s operator’s who have walked into our home from what used to be our southern border or from Canadastan, the northern border is just as porous, we just pretend we have northern border security.

What does the FBI think is important? Parents at school board meetings. Buy this book and lets get busy.


not just the arson, whole crops have been destroyed by imported pests and fungi


Yes the food we eat is now under the control of the political elite protein is the target goal. Maybe I should explain: If you have been watching television pre made meals delivered to your house are the means to the end of private farms in the United States. China has been buying up farmland so has Bill Gates who wanted to send 5 chickens to third world families not to eat those were hens who would lay eggs for those families to eat. Never forget the Ukraine and wheat and grain Biden first sentence about how that would affect… Read more »


Biden has been incorrect, nay, flat out wrong about everything for his entire political career. He has done absolutely nothing positive for this once great nation. All he has done is continue to flush anything and everything pro American down the toilet. Not to mention, based on his health alone, he has been unfit to hold office. He was unfit to run for president. The people ought to sue Bidens doctor for malpractice for allowing Biden to run for, and occupy the Presidency. That husk of a man needs to be impeached as soon as he’s replaced, and focus the… Read more »


biden, clinton soros and how many others…there was a statement made that raid on trumps house was to recover stuff from another president…obummers school records perhaps……


This makes perfect sense the deep state and the democratic party & How Joe Biden was installed as the president, Alinsky synthesized his theory of political agitation is his famous 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals”, considered a founding text of modern community organizing and a classic of radical-leftist agitation-propaganda theory. Obama received a comprehensive course in Saul Alinsky during his years as a community organizer in Chicago, an experience Obama recalled as “the best education he ever had.” Years later in 2007, The New Republic’s Ryan Lizza interviewed then-senator Obama and found him still… Read more »


They are fighting a long, incrementalist war. One day at a time. One step at a time. The long march began with one step. They understand this. The Progressive New Left understands they cannot win a kinetic war against freedom loving Americans. Obama and Hillary and Bernie and the rest of the Red Diaper Doper Babies understand that. They slowly and incrementally subvert the institutions of our society until that very society collapses. Only then do they open the killing fields to finish off the few remaining critical thinkers. It is a slow, multigenerational process. Their foot soldiers include civil… Read more »


started before ww1 dont know how you get 50 from that they have been chipping at constitution from 1860s there has always been people that want to tell others what to do the reason that the second does not say guns ,but arms they knew that advances would come and protecting yourself would require you to have most modern weapons you could afford


I can not agree more The wave that arrived with Obama was well planned most American never saw the danger. Slow Joe’s handlers are the same as Obama’s with the same goal. It is much easier with slow Joe as he is not fully aware of anything and he is disposable. That’s why Obama’s handlers let his dirt bag of a son Hunter get dirty and corrupt. Joe goes one way or another if needed health or criminal both now fit the narrative to remove Biden by his own party. Either way Harris is no fan of mine or her… Read more »


They’re made to believe that the future belongs to them unquestionably. That’s why, even in electoral defeat, they’ll never cry uncle.


Paul Valone is the real deal. Donate to GRNC!


Being more of a newbie supporter vs. an activist I found the book to be an incredible eye-opener. For those of us who are wanting to help by giving money, or doing some volunteer work, or just being more savvy in the voting booth, this book is very educational. I do support Grass Roots North Carolina, and had been asking some naive questions of the seasoned activists there.
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If I have a question about the political landscape my first reference will be Rules for ANTI-Radicals. I expect that my copy will be well-worn in a few years.

Wild Bill

I enjoyed your comment and welcome to the site.

Knute Knute

I’ve already provided a rather long list of important things to read, that are free for the viewing on many websites, and am unable to find any takers. If the sheeple won’t read stuff that’s free, I am not optimistic about the chances of getting them to pay for things to read! Don’t get my opinion wrong, reading is the best thing the willfully ignorant could ever do for themsleves. I just don’t think that they will. They willingly ignore anything that doesn’t fit their prejudices, and will likely continue to do so. What is needed is some type of… Read more »