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"I’ve never crushed anyone totally.”

The 48 Laws of Power guy, who shows no sign of being personally offensive, is talking pleasantly about his views on interior design with the New York Times. They are happy to explain his magnum opus to you:

With its graphic red cover and straightforward, if coldblooded, directions for navigating a competitive world (Law 14: “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy”; Law 20: “Do Not Commit to Anyone”), the book was widely circulated, especially within the hip-hop community. Its success has led to all sorts of unanticipated opportunities for the author, including an appointment to the board of American Apparel (the clothing company’s chief executive officer, Dov Charney, is a fan) and collaborating with 50 Cent on a street version, “The 50th Law.”

Law 51: On an UNCHARACTERISTICALLY HARSH NOTE, not everyone who owns this book is a jag, but all jags own this book.

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pollykettle

Case in point, my brother often cites this book. He has a Napoleon complex.

Danzig!

@pollykettle My bestie's bf has The Alphabet of Manliness prominently displayed on his shelf. It is the only thing about him that really skeeves me out. If he had PUA stuff I would have had raised the alarm as loudly as possible

Daisy Razor

"Dov Charney, is a fan"

All right, where's the NOPE NOPE NOPE octopus?

She was a retail whore

@Daisy Razor My reaction was similar. I heard Lana Kane of Archer go "NOPE!"

Lana is my spirit animal.

anachronistique

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michealjohn

@anachronistique What a blog post!! Very informative and also easy to understand. Looking for more such comments!! Do you have a facebook? I recommended it on digg. The only thing that it’s missing is a bit of new dhow do i get my husband to be romantic againesign.

maybe partying will help

Dov Charney is a fan? *monocle pop*

cd
cd

Apparently he also wrote a book on seduction, featuring chapters such as "How to Isolate the Victim." Class act.

thiscallsforsoap

@cd He will teach you to crush pussy, totally.

She was a retail whore

@cd No wonder Dov Charney is such a fan.

Verity

But have you crushed them a little bit?

leonstj

Oh man, I am reading these laws on wikipedia, and it is hilarious. I want to start a hall of fame for things like this, and ladder theory, randian objectivism, 'game', and supply-side economics. A short of "museum of douchey ideas".

We could have one line for "Ironic Visitors" and one line for "Non-Ironic Visitors".

area@twitter

@leon s Yes please. Can I volunteer as an ironic docent?

Emby

I wonder if this guy's acolytes realize they can pretty much accomplish all the same goals by just NOT being a raging dickhead to people all the time.

Advantages of not being an utter fuckstain include:
-having friends and people liking you
-regularly engaging in sexual relationships with people who also enjoy that activity
-gaining power through cooperation rather than direct competition
-not having entire communities of people hate you
-not having to regard as enemies the people with whom you wish to bone

leonstj

@Emby - Yeah, but then how are you supposed to crush them?

covered in filthy sequins

@Emby Oh man. I'm making a stamp that says "Not having to regard as enemies the people with whom you wish to bone" and repeatedly stamping it onto my finance-bro cousin's forehead every time he claims non-sexist guys are whipped.

Lisa Frank

Some of these laws are obvious: don't offend the wrong person, don't make your boss look bad, don't run at the mouth.

Some of them are LOL-worthy: "assume formlessness" "be royal in your fashion" "create a cult-like following."

Some of them are totally douchey: "crush your enemy totally" "keep others in suspended terror."

I honestly feel sorry for anyone who has such poor social skills that they take this seriously.

Danzig!

@Lisa Frank It's like the Tao of Steve gone horribly wrong

City_Dater

It's always just when I start feeling a little sorry for straight guys who are having trouble dealing with the brave new world in which they are not automatically right and in charge that something like this shows up to remind me how very little they need or want my sympathy.

Frog Doctress

@City_Dater LOL, yeah, exactly. Well said.

yeah-elle

Once I was in a bookstore, and I saw a dude carrying this book, I presume to purchase it. He was a classic plaid-fedora-wearing juicebox and I overheard him "negging" three separate women in the short time we were in the same vicinity.

It affirmed everything I suspected about a book that has the word "POWER" on the cover in huge letters.

CubeRootOfPi

Alas, that book is not satire.

Rocio Anica@facebook

This book never ceases to entertain the pants off me! You're all hating on it for all the right reasons, except, if you were raised in a crazy-pants religious household like me, please consider, as well, the hours upon hours of amusement that is this book.

The fact that Kanye had all his interns read this book makes it even more special.

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