Macbeth, Agamemnon, Caligula: history and literature heave with warnings for princelings like Donald Trump Jr who abuse their power and privilege
- Van Badham is a Guardian columnist
History and literature are littered with the bodies of princelings who were formerly convinced their privilege was actual divinity. It’s this arrogant assumption that provokes extreme machinations by which they, eventually, learn humility.
It’s no coincidence that this narrative has been on my mind of late. Like so many, I’ve spent this week watching the American president’s son, Donald Jr, flub attempts to explain his role in the Russian plan to secure his father’s election.