A Brief History of Leverage and Power

20 years ago, Robert Greene published The 48 Laws of Power. Let’s be clear — if you follow all of them, you will wind up in prison. (Come to think of it, that might be why the book is so popular with… prisoners ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

Looking at it today, it’s clear that Greene’s book is really all about how power used to be. Historically, power was in the hands of very few people, and it was entirely permission-based. If you wanted power, at some point, you’d need the authorization of someone who had the backing of either 1) an army or 2) a religion (with an army ;).


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