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Chutzpah (chut-spə)

The dictionary defines Chutzpah as:

  1. Utter nerve; effrontery
  2. shameless audacity; impudence
  3. unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
  4. the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties

Synonyms:  audaciousness, audacity, brashness, brass, brassiness, brazenness, cheek, cheekiness, effrontery, gall, nerve, nerviness, pertness, presumption, presumptuousness, sauce, sauciness, temerity

“Chutzpah,that quality which enables a man who has murdered his mother and father to throw himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan.”

— Oscar Levant

Rule 13

One of the most quoted “rules” in Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals book is Rule 13.  This rule is under the tactics section of the book and that is a better way to think of this.  In this tactic, you are taught to select a specific target, a person.  Government bodies (i.e. Congress, etc.) or buildings (i.e. Washington, city hall, etc.) allow blame to be shifted too easily. 

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”