Join us as we continue our exploration of Robert Greene’s provocative and compelling study of The 48 Laws of Power, 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).

In this episode we take a look at the first of many Laws which on the surface seem to completely contradict social norms and ideas of decent behaviour: ‘Never Put Too Much Trust in Friends; Learn How to Use Enemies’:

  • Is this just a sociopathic approach designed to get ahead in business at the expense of friendship?
  • Are friends actually trustworthy, or do we always hurt the ones we love?
  • Why should we separate the personal and professional?
  • What does it really mean to use an ‘enemy’ in the 21st century?
  • How vulnerable friendships can be whenever change comes along
  • What The Sopranos can teach us about morality
  • Why not caring about the result actually gets you the best result
  • Get someone to do something nice for you… and they’ll think you must be their friend
  • Going beyond friendship and finding brotherhood

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48 Laws of Power T-Shirts

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

Law 2: Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies’ – Voltaire (1694-1778)

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