Perhaps the most controversial Law of all – Crush Your Enemy Totally! As ever, we are you guides to when a Law like this can be applied in a world beyond the battlefield. What does it mean to crush an enemy in the modern world? When does it become necessary to wipe out an enemy, and can you pull it off with a clear conscience? And what do we even mean by ‘enemy’? Historical examples are joined by tales of when Jon’s enemy came back to haunt him and Dre took revenge in the playground… Before we take time to indict the USA for hypocrisy and consider the difference between criminal trials, justice, and actually moving forward peacefully. This one’s bursting with hot topics and controversy!

This Episode includes:

  • When to use Law 15 today when you’re not a military leader
  • What Chinese history has to teach us about the fundamentals of Power (via lots of blood and intrigue!)
  • The importance of crushing your enemy’s spirit
  • Doing something with aplomb can excuse a lot more than you’d think
  • When to bring in an authority figure and when you need to win the battle yourself
  • Don’t confuse enemies who can be used productively with enemies whose animosity means there is no option but to destroy them
  • The dangers of holding out unrealistic hopes of reconciliation
  • What’s more important to you: achieving your goals or your self-image?
  • Lessons from professional wrestling on beating your competition… but at what cost to creativity and competition?
  • Lessons, too, from Nintendo, Apple and Steve Jobs
  • The dangers of negotiating
  • Did the Treaty of Versailles go too far, or not far enough?
  • The serious dangers of humiliating your enemy (or anyone else)
  • The reality of power today: the great powers don’t play by the rules they want to enforce on everyone else
  • The end of the Second World War – were the Nazis crushed… or not?
  • Winston Churchill on how to move forwards when conflict is over

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Join us as we continue our 48 Laws of Power review, exploring Robert Greene’s provocative and compelling book, in which he lays bare the history, practice, psychology, and philosophies of power that ultimately shape all human relations. Often seen as a handbook for the ‘modern Machiavelli’, we take a closer look, beyond the hyperbole, and discuss how understanding and implementing these Laws can actually enrich your life personally, professionally and spiritually.

Jon and Dre aim to get to the heart of each of the Laws, grapple with their sometimes disturbingly amoral nature, and discuss what the Laws mean in everyday life (often revealing their own experiences – good and bad – when they’ve either observed or transgressed them).



48 Laws of Power T-Shirts

Each of these original T-Shirts includes an elegantly presented quotation illustrating the Law.

Law 15: ‘Men must either be caressed or else annihilated’ – Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)

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  1. […] Shih Huang Ti, who was the very first Emperor of China, and was of the Qin dynasty. Liu Pang from Law 15 would crown himself Emperor, taking the name Han- Kao-tsu, and was the first emperor of the Han […]

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