The 48 Laws of Power

Richard Stanley

The following popped up in my Youtube feed. it seems like a reiteration of Machiavelli's The Prince. There is debate as to what Machiavelli's intent was with his book. Here Greene, who has a book as well, states that he is merely telling the viewer what the rules of human power are, as he sees them. See his statement at bottom.

Humans and other higher animals have a facility known as Consciousness of Deceit, but humans have highly developed means of deceit, and thus it does one good to be aware of what these 'rules' are, even if one has no desire to employ them.

One of them is: "Start a Cult".

From Greene:

I crafted this summary of the 48 Laws of Power in anger. It is the end result of 2 years of animating all chapters condensed for your viewing pleasure. Surely, you've heard the phrase "Hate the game, not the player." I'm exposing the game and the players for you.

Being honest and speaking the truth has been a punishing and not at all rewarding experience, since most people will always shoot the messenger. I aim to raise awareness and arm the clueless for self-protection. I am not advocating becoming a manipulating and ruthless sociopath.

I can't respect those who don't understand the difference. It's a self-improvement book, not the work of the devil. Robert Greene is all about intense realism. Seeing things for what they are, whether you like the truth or not.

Hopefully you'll find the video helpful, learn from it and share it with others. I've received plenty of messages from good people claiming it changed their lives for the better.

Don't let others use and abuse you. Don't live in a fantasy land. Be cautious. Read this book or don't. It's up to you.