When people hear the term “community organizer”, they often picture city planners and low-level government bureaucrats, but this perception could not be further from the truth. Community organizers are in fact the architects of social progress, and the leading minds behind many of the social justice issues at the forefront of political discourse. Many of the world’s most respected public figures began their careers as community organizers, such as Barrack Obama, Saul Alinsky, Hillary Clinton and Reverend Al Sharpton, and these people are by far the most influential luminaries in global politics.
Unlike nameless engineers, scientists and business owners, these people actively design the world we live in, making important decisions such as whether we choose the path of capitalism or communism, or whether we maintain fascist border controls. Saul Alinsky wrote the playbook for modern progressives named “Rules For Radicals”, which provides progressive revolutionaries with tactics for promoting their ideals and defeating right wing bigotry. This book alone is responsible for incredible social progress, and the bulldozing of right wingers with a collection of clever rhetorical techniques such as projection, sarcasm, adjectives, eye rolling and chanting.
Today’s community organizers are focused on issues like fascist border controls, police racism and most importantly fake news, the greatest threat to progressivism. Safe spaces, hate speech laws and internet regulations are all the result of tireless community organizers continuing to push the boundaries and shape society to fit their vision. The great minds among us should strive to walk in the footsteps of these luminary thinkers, and should pursue careers in activism, rather than corporate careers and entrepreneurial ambitions. As Hillary Clinton and Reverend Al Sharpton have shown, being a community organizer can be financially lucrative too, so the allure of the free market should be no deterrent.
It’s time for us to revere community organizers as society’s heroes, rather than scientists, industry titans, explorers and military generals. These are the people who truly shape our world for the better, and these are the people we should be thanking every day for the freedoms and benefits of living in a modern liberal democracy.