I am confident that you are remembering a passage from Kurt Vonnegut's
Here are excerpts from two newsgroup posts that provide an apt
"Catching up on some reading which had gotten by me I came across a
passage in Vonnegut's Bluebeard wherein one of his characters
(Slazinger) has written a book titled "The Only Way to Have a
Successful Revolution in Any Field of Human Activity." Supposedly
extracted from a study of history this 'only' method requires a team
of 'mind openners' to break people out of their current mindset,
regardless of how unrealistic or dumb that mindset may be.
This team of 'mind-openners' consists of three people:
1)An Authentic Genius: a person with seemingly good ideas not in
general circulation. He adds "A genius working alone. . . is
invariably ignored as a lunatic." (copywrited in 1987)
2)A highly intelligent person in good standing in the community who
will stand up and attest that the genius is not mad.
3)A person who can explain anything, to anyone."
"Vonnegut then distinquishes between the types of men of words
necessary: 1) genius or original thinker, 2) one of public standing
who will more or less 'second' the original thoughts as having
validity, and 3)an explainer or person with the common touch who can
make new ideas understandable to all."
Posts to alt.fan.unabomber newsgroup
My search strategy was greatly simplified by the fact that I
recognized "Bluebeard" as the source from your description. I located
the newsgroup post cited above with the assistance of the Google
Groups search engine, using the keywords "vonnegut" and "bluebeard."
Unfortunately, my copy of "Bluebeard" was dismembered a few months ago
by one of my dogs, so I cannot give you a page citation. If this is
not the book you're thinking of, please request clarification, and
I'll be glad to put my thinking cap on and try again.