Power Play

While stumbling online this morning, I came upon a reference to the book, The 48 Laws of Power. You can see all 48 laws listed here.

The book is advertised as “Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power in to forty-eight well explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence…”.

There were a few laws in particular that jumped out from my computer screen:

  • Law 3: Conceal your intentions.
  • Law 5: So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
  • Law 6: Court attention at all costs.
  • Law 8: Make other people come to you; use bait if necessary.
  • Law 9: Win through your actions, never through argument.
  • Law 11: Learn to keep people dependent on you.
  • Law 12: Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim.
  • Law 23: Concentrate your forces.
  • Law 25: Re-create yourself.
  • Law 27: Play on people’s need to believe to create a cultlike following.
  • Law 28: Enter action with boldness.
  • Law 31: Control the options: get others to play with the cards you deal.
  • Law 32: Play to people’s fantasies.
  • Law 35: Master the art of timing.
  • Law 37: Create compelling spectacles
  • Law 39: Stir up waters to catch fish.
  • Law 43: Work on the hearts and minds of others.

They reminded me of a woman I once met who had seen her chiropractor once weekly for 12 years to keep her in alignment.


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