There is nothing new under the sun.
The talk these days is about demagogues and caliphates whose aspiration is to stage a bizarre rerun of the Crusades. My book An Infinite Deal of Nothing, coming out in August, is the untold story about two of the most outrageous attempts at international financial fraud across the 19th century. Stick with me here, this is not just a shameless puff for the book — did I mention the title, An Infinite Deal of Nothing? — and there is a connection with wanting to rule the world. One of the men involved was almost certainly a founder member of the San Francisco ‘castle’ of a secret society with a grotesque agenda of domination known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. Like ISIS, the Knights wanted to remodel the world so that they would be no longer the losers.
A note to putative tyrants though. If you are going…
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