Posted on Dec 12, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Trump and Pelosi’s Re-Enactment Of Richard III

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In his latest book, Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Stephen Greenblatt analyzes the Bard’s most power-hungry characters. The book never mentions Donald Trump by name, but it is easy to see the parallels between our president and the characters Greenblatt writes about, especially Richard III. “He is pathologically narcissistic and supremely arrogant,” writes Greenblatt. “He has a grotesque sense of entitlement, never doubting that he can do...

Posted on Nov 30, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Beto Shouldn’t Run In 2020, But Not Because He Can’t Win

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This week, outgoing Congressman Beto O’Rourke said he would not rule out running for president in 2020. Beto (one of the few politicians written about on a first-name basis), who took Texas and the nation by storm with his campaign to replace Senator Ted Cruz, has become one of the major figures in American politics, and many have surmised that he may be the Democrats’ best shot at taking back...

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

Members Only: How The 48 Laws Of Power Could Destroy Trump

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This is the second and final part on Donald Trump and the 48 Laws of Power, as laid out by author Robert Greene. In this part, we take a look at Trump’s flouting of many of the laws power, and how it could undo his presidency. Trump’s Flouting of the Laws Law 4: Always say less than necessary:  Persons who cannot control his words shows that he cannot control himself,...

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Bernie Sanders Still Can’t Talk About Racism

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Photo: Jeff Mitchell/Getty Images Bernie Sanders lost the 2016 Democratic primary because black women – the Democratic Party’s most reliable voting bloc – voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton during the early Southern primaries, giving her a delegate lead he could never overcome. Despite his support for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, he has always struggled when talking about race, and over the last week, he has been speaking about the topic in...

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Donald Trump And The 48 Laws Of Power (Part 1)

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Almost 20 years ago, I came across Robert Greene’s iconic book “The 48 Laws Of Power” in a book shop in San Francisco. It was lying on the table I was sitting at, and I found the title so intriguing I started reading it, despite being there with a friend. The introduction was so compelling that I completely lost track of time and sat there devouring it for the...

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The American Narcissistic Celebrity Complex

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Over the past few days, two deeply damaged celebrities have injected themselves into the public discourse (again), pledging their support for another deeply damaged celebrity, who happens to be president of the United States. Kanye West appeared in a truly bizarre meeting with Donald Trump at the White House last week, where he expounded upon alternate universes he exists in, Trump masculine energy, and the super powers MAGA hats...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: It’s Different This Time

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I can’t say for certain what it’s like in other countries, particularly those with parliamentary governments and multiple major parties, but I suspect that people are forever calling for “crushing” this party or “defeating” that party as a matter of course. It’s natural to want your party, or at least the parties closest to your ideology, to be one top and that means beating the opposition. That’s certainly how...