48 Laws of Power: Law #8 Make Other People Come to You – Use Bait If Necessary

Law 8: Make other people come to you – use bait if necessary

  •      When you force others to act, you’re in control.
  •      Make opponents come to you.
  •      Lure with gains, then attack.

Bring people into your reality. Do not bend and stretch to accommodate the lesser – attract them, genuinely or not, and wait. This is the fine line that separates the puppet from the master. This is pulling others into your frame.

This has been epitomized countless times in The Manosphere:

  • Don’t go on a date with a girl if her friends are present
  • In an LTR, you both operate in one reality – yours or hers
  • Maintain frame (often over-used and under-explained)

Real Power is the degree to which a person has control over their own circumstances. Real Power is the degree to which we control the directions of our lives. – Rollo Tomassi

Real power is putting your entire reality above everything and everyone else. It is a my way or the highway mentality. It is you being the master, the boss, the King.

Luring: In the chapter, Greene talks about using bait to lure your enemies into your reality, giving you ultimate control. When luring others, you must appeal to their self-interest. Find their motivations and weaknesses. Put yourself in their position – see through their eyes, and give them what they want need. Make them an offer they can’t refuse…

Pull them into your reality; into your frame. Act. Do not react.


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48 Laws of Power: Law #5 So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with Your Life

Law 5: So much depends on reputation – guard it with your life

  •      Reputation is the cornerstone of power.
  •      Reputation alone will make you win.
  •      Destroy enemies by attacking their reputation.

Be aware of your current reputation and live up to it!

A few summers back, my usual group of friends would hang around in a water park. Once, the son of the richest guy in our town decided to join us. We were all in awe…for about 15 minutes.

When he came, we immediately moved aside to offer him a seat and whenever he spoke, we’d quickly shut up and turn to listen to him. He instead, really let himself go. He started telling us he was late bcs his mother didn’t approve of his boxers. Oookay??! As we didn’t laugh frantically, he followed with more examples of how ‘lame’ his mom was.

awkward silence

In about 14 minutes the dude proceeded to destroy the reputation that he held as “the son of one of the richest and most respected men in town” to an “awkward, lame dude”.

To be honest he was an alright kid, but because he failed to live up to our expectations based on his families reputation, we thought even less of him.

It took less than 15 minutes to destroy a families reputation that took decades to build.


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48 Laws of Power: Law #4 Always Say Less Than Necessary

Law 4: Always say less than necessary

  •      When trying to impress, the more you say the more common you look and less in control.
  •      Be vague.
  •      Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less.
  •      He who asks the questions is in control
  • It is better to say nothing than to promise something that you don’t follow through on. In such cases, your mouth is making you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved. Ergo don’t make promises you can’t keep. (unless you would benefit greatly from doing so obviously)
  • So let’s now look at an example. Your child has been disrespectful, so you attempt to discipline them, but they are oppositional and increasingly rude. You pull out all the tried and true parenting techniques from your parenting book, but none of them work! The situation is escalating. YOU YELL BACK AND EXPRESS HOW ANGRY YOU ARE WITH YOUR CHILD. Finally, your son/daughter is quiet and sadly sulks to their room. You won! But what exactly has expressing your anger done for you? Your child is angry with you, likely fearful of you, and is also less likely to respect you because you apparently cannot control yourself. Furthermore, you have taught your child that losing control of your anger is an acceptable way to deal with other people. Perhaps they will follow your rules for the time being, but not for long, especially now they have learned losing control is acceptable.
  • If you royally fucked something up, it often can be a wise move not trying to justify oneself but to remain silent about the matter and wait for the storm to subside than to draw unnecessary attention to it.

“Less is More”


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48 Laws of Power: Law #2 Never put too much trust in friends, learn to use enemies

Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends, learn to use enemies

  •      Friends will quickly betray you.
  •      Hire former enemies, they’ll be loyal.

This law is particularly useful for men in middle/high positions of power who need to stop rival underdogs (people who are violating law 1) in their tracks. For people low on the totem pole, using your enemies has far more limited application, the stakes are so low you can usually afford to ignore them instead.

An example of this law in action was when John Kennedy picked Lyndon Johnson to be his running mate. For those who aren’t into American history, Johnson was one of Kennedy’s primary opponents for the Democratic nomination, and not much love was lost between the two camps. Johnson thought Kennedy was a lazy, unserious, do nothing Senator who had only gotten elected to the House and then later the Senate because his father was rich. The Kennnedys thought Johnson was an uncouth, uneducated, power mad fool. Kennedy’s brother Robert–Kennedy’s campaign manager and later Attorney General–especially hated Johnson. But, that didn’t prevent JFK from picking LBJ as VP for several reasons: (1) it got Johnson out of the Senate where, as Majority Leader, he could be a real pain in the ass when JFK was trying to pass legislation; (2) he removed Johnson as a potential threat in the next election cycle; (3) Johnson’s Senatorial expertise could be used to benefit the administration as opposed to it being used against the administration; and (4) having Johnson on the ticket would probably mean Texas would vote for the Kennedy ticket, notwithstanding Kennedy being perceived by many Texans as just another Northeastern liberal. Once JFK was elected, LBJ was largely marginalized in the administration (which of course, LBJ hated, but what was he going to do, quit?).

To use an example about figureheads from popular culture (SPOILER ALERT,) it’s like in Game of Thrones after Joffrey dies, his mother becomes the Queen Regent (the acting Monarch) and is acting leader until his younger brother “The King” comes of age. The King is the head monarch only in name, because of his age. Even when he comes of age though, because his mother would have been Queen Regent for such a long time and be far more competently Machiavellian than he is (he is as a character, very naive to the ways of manipulation,) it is his mother Cersei who will be the real power in King’s Landing long after he is declared acting king. She will rule through her son, he will be a puppet ruler. Things like this naturally happened in our own history, Machiavellian queens ruling through the authoritarian legitimacy of their kings be it a son or a husband. Alas, it is women who have always typically been far more naturally apt in the art of Machiavellianism than men, and they will use “the love connection” to rule, in fact they are dependent on it. Female leaders rarely rule independent of men, but instead, through men. There are exceptions, and of course they prove the trend.


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48 Laws of Power: Law #1 Never Outshine the Master

Law #1 Never Outshine the Master

  •      Make those above you feel superior. Do not show your talents too much, it’ll make them insecure.
  •    Make the master appear more brilliant than they are.

Practical application: If you’re trying to flirt with a woman who is with a group of women and men, make sure you include the men and the unattractive female friends. People will already feel uncomfortable with your presence, make them feel valuable by allowing them to be themselves in a situation that’s commonly followed by men trying to AMOG each other.

Core lesson: Give value. Everyone is a “master” in their own way. The fool who has taken TRP will try to make others feel like shit and assert his dominance. The real RPer will give value to those who deserve it and isn’t afraid to have the spotlight being on someone else, since he is that sure of himself.


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