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Bill Moyers: Newt's Strange Obsession with Saul Alinsky

Bill Moyers explains what we need to know about community activist Saul Alinsky, and why Newt Gingrich might be so afraid of him.

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SAUL ALINSKY: Now power’s always gone into two areas: those who have money and those who have people. We have nothing but people.

NEWT GINGRICH: Now we’re going to have people power defeat money power in the next six months.

BILL MOYERS: Alinsky died suddenly in 1972. At the time he was planning to mount a campaign to organize white middle-class Americans into a national movement for progressive change. Maybe that’s why Newt Gingrich has been slandering Alinsky’s name. Maybe he’s afraid. Afraid the very white folks he’s been rousing to a frenzy will discover who Saul Alinsky really was. A patriot, in a long line of patriots, who scorned the malignant narcissism of duplicitous politicians and taught every day Americans to think for themselves and to fight together for a better life. That's the American way, and any good historian would know it.

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Veteran journalist Bill Moyers is the host of the upcoming show “Moyers & Company,” premiering January 2012. More at