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Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez
The Family of Felipe IV, or Las Meninas
ca. 1656
Museo Nacional del Prado
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THE ASHES OF CHARISMA
by Charlie Finch



The assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a leader whose allure, arrogance and ambition enraged the cowards who killed her, reminds us of the fragile contract between the charismatic individual and the throngs who suck her stardust. Barack Obama, his boyish confidence and winning ways with people evident to all, already has the aura of potential martyrdom around him, for those old enough to remember the Kennedys and Dr. King.

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