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Machiavelli: How the Darkest Conspiracy Ever Backfired and Gave Us Two Popes 500 Years Later

(3) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 8:59 AM

There is strong circumstantial evidence that Niccolò Machiavelli - history's most cunning writer about power - may have plotted to obliterate the Roman Catholic Church and its governing Cardinals to purge it of the corruption of that epoch. The repercussions of those events definitively changed the mission of the Church...

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Clear as Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 3:30 PM

This morning the experts are already pulling apart what happened last night. It is clear as day: America has a progressive momentum after the wars of the last decade. Reactionary rhetoric can't stop social progress across the land. America has swept Obama along with it, despite his inability to lead...

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Gore Vidal: "If You Don't Use the Right Word, You Don't Have an Idea"

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2012 | 4:00 PM

I had interviewed Vidal as a screen writer on "Fellini's Casanova." He playfully mocked the director as "Fred," just another traffic cop to the writer.

Then Vidal rang me 7am on a Sunday in Rome and without a pause he scrutinized 54 pages I had drafted on my year with...

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Why Altruism Is Forcing Out Corporate Power

(59) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 5:13 PM

The average Joe, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, believes down deep that only the fittest survive. "Social Darwinism" has been interwoven in our thoughts, our identity, and our nation for 150 years. In fact the notion is wrong, and now it has been scientifically superceded. With it, we've...

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Negotiating 101, Barack Obama in the Good Cop/Bad Cop Routine

(4) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 10:02 AM

In this week's case study John Boehner plays the Good Cop who's negotiating with and "trying to help" the weakened Barack Obama in crisis. "Hey Barack, I'll do the best I can, but you've got to help me keep away those Bad Cops, those Tea Party crazies. Stay close to...

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