If one defines radicalism as proceeding from the root (“going to the origin, essential“), then one might argue that Our Lord was a radical—of course, a different sort than described by Saul Alinsky in his Rules for Radicals. For Alinsky, “irreverence” is an essential quality of radicalism: “nothing is sacred”; the organizer “detests dogma, defies any finite definition of morality.” Certainly, this kind of radicalism is not constant with the moral integrity, the “rootedness, of Our Lord. As the Word, Logos, Jesus is radical Truth. Only the Truth will set us free.
It is radical to say that the truth is worth dying for, for example, the truth that all human life begins at conception and must be protected from that moment onward. Many pro-lifers have risked life and limb to protect the unborn. But it is also radical to say that the following truth is worth dying for: the end does not justify the means, even when the means has the opportunity of undoing the work of Planned Parenthood.
Please check out Dawn Eden’s and William Doino’s Building a Culture of Lie, which offers a fair-minded critique of the work of Lila Rose and Live Action Films on the basis of the teaching of the Church. See also these two critiques as well. Dawn and William also have taken exception to the work of James O’Keefe who took on ACORN in much the same manor. I commented on this myself.
Thank God for the courage of Dawn and William. These are important issues to resolve if we wish to be radical in the sense of Jesus Christ, and not in the sense of Saul Alinsky. It is one of the reasons why chivalry (courtesy and honesty) is so important.