Professor Anthony Staines, one of the founders of the zero-covid group ISAG, on Friday confirmed to the Irish Examiner that he had written a note to the other members of ISAG which called on those members to “review and internalize” a set of instructions drawn from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
The instructions ISAG members were told to “internalize” included commands to “look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety, and uncertainty”, to “target people rather than institutions” as “people hurt faster than institutions”, and to remember that “imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activists” as “the threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Part of the text of the instructions came directly from the text of Rules for Radicals, but some of the text appears to be additional material written either by ISAG or another third party.
The note was titled “Notes and actions form [sic] today,” and appears to be the minutes, or personal notes of Professor Staines, from an ISAG meeting held on the 8th of February of this year. The note originally came to light after Gript was leaked hundreds of pages of internal ISAG documents.
Professor Staines’ confirmation that he had, as Gript reported in late February, writen such a note is the first time any member of ISAG has commented on, or indeed acknowledged the existence of, any of the leaked material.