On his first day as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999, Phil Jackson pulled Shaquille O’Neal aside and offered him a deal. Do it my way, Jackson said, and I guarantee that you’ll win the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player award. If you don’t, enjoy free rein on the court.
President Hugo Chavez greeted Venezuelans in a video this month reading from Friedrich Nietzsche on the attributes of a superman. The days when Chavez played that role himself with six-hour speeches and midnight meetings are gone for now, a casualty of cancer.