Old Bert is turning over in his grave–or howling with laughter.

In Brecht’s satire of Hitler’s initial hacks towards power, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, Scene 4, Ui brings in a third-rate hack actor to teach him how to convey confident leadership when speaking in public. They work on the “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” speech from Julius Caesar.

Today, in the NY Times: Republicans use Shakespeare to train CEOs to kick ass. Guess which play they use?

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