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The Charlatan is a political exposé proffering a weekly newsletter, and award-winning articles and essays for the political creature of politics & style.


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The Charlatan by Thomas Synnamon

These are they… Who believe that news and information is a public trust; that citizen journalist is the steward of that trust; and entitled to report from his and her culture to the common welfare.

With that in mind, our contributors — with combined experience working within and among the corridors of power — welcome you to join them in crosschecking the world's policy maker's accountability, and to chronicle where their campaigns have and continue to lead. Our weekly newsletter, essays and interviews offer perspective into the politics, brokers and institutions of power.

We invite you into our now virtual pages where world events are distilled into a weekly message, and leave it with you to decide which stewards best serve the public trust.


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How the Pique of a Palace Insider Led to a Free Press

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The Charlatan by Giovanni Tiepolo via Wikimedia


In 17th century France… a man named Tabarin performed for the Royal Court. He sang, danced, told jokes and with stories otherwise improvised his role as the first and most famous Parisian Charlatan. Though he performed exclusively for the House of Bourbon by day, it was by night that he took to the streets: digesting what he’d heard and seen at court with the clever disguise of street performance. While political gatherings were considered unlawful in the Middle Ages, his audiences are believed by historians to be among the ‘Whispers to the French Revolution.’

Punch Magazine kept Victorians abreast of parliament during the Industrial Era (1841-2002), extending its brand and inspiration to Charlatan Magazine (2008-present). In the spirit of its predecessor, Charlatan was conceived as a political exposé coterminous with the Digital Revolution.

Our weekly newsletter is delivered each Sunday morning to 75,000+ policy makers and their constituencies including, Members of Parliament; Academic Institutions; Trade and Labor Unions; Members of the U.S. Congress; State Legislators: Public Television and Radio; Civic and Community leaders, and the public they serve. "All the World's a Stage" inquires:

What are the most important concerns in our world this week—and why?

Charlatan became the #1 Most Read Newsletter by the e-mail service provider Constant Contact in 2023, achieving consecutive open rates of 40-50% within the first 48 hours of delivery, before acquiring its own e-mail platform and cloud storage to become an independent publisher. In 2024, Charlatan is read across 26 countries and territories including democratic, communist, and autocratic nations.

For 75 years, Punch + Charlatan has endeavored to be "A Trusted Voice" across a diverse continuum of a global community. To chronicle their histories; connect their concerns; indemnify their customs; and to direct, enlighten and endow the approach to Politics-as-Lifestyle.

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Since 2008, Charlatan censors & celebrates the Year's Most Important Stories

Since 2008, Charlatan censors & celebrates the Year's Most Important Stories


Vive la France

The French social market's sercret weapon: Bureaucrats. Charlatan spotlights the republic's service sector; civil servants; and new 34-year old prime minster, Gabriel Attal.

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Vive la France

The French social market's sercret weapon: Bureaucrats. Charlatan spotlights the republic's service sector; civil servants; and new 34-year old prime minster, Gabriel Attal.


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Why We Lose Our Memory

Charlatan explores dementia, Alzheimers disease, and the subjective and objective rendering of truth.


Artificial Intelligence Revolution

Super-intelligent algorithms, brain implants, and zany holograms collide to decry mankind.

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AI Revolution

Super-intelligent algorithms, brain implants, and zany holograms collide to decry mankind


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Home to Vote

The U.S. Supreme Court overturns abortion. Charlatan was swept up in a reverse migration of Irish expats in 2018; all returning home to reform abortion legislation; and to exercise a woman's right to choose in the Emerald Isle.


U.S. Capitol Attack

The 2020 U.S. Presidential election challenged the institutions of democracy. Charlatan chronicles the disinformation, redistricting, and disambiguation of a free & fair election.

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U.S. Capitol Attack

The 2020 U.S. Presidential election challenged the institutions of democracy. Charlatan chronicles the disinformation, redistricting, and disambiguation of a free & fair election.


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COVID-19

Its not nice to fool Mother Nature. Charlatan sorts through the pandemics of the past and discovers an inexorable relationship between earth and man.


Church, State & Crown

Charles III is crowned King of the United Kingdom, but is he the Head of State or the Defender of the Faith? Charlatan examines if anyone can serve both Church and State?

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Church, State & Crown

Charles III is crowned King of the United Kingdom, but is he the Head of State or the Defender of the Faith? Charlatan examines if anyone can serve both Church and State?


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Cosmopolitan Marrakesh

How did Morocco avert the Arab Spring? Charlatan travels to Africa and discovers a savvy constitutional monarch, a vibrant cosmopolitan culture, and the kismit of both at the resplendent La Sultana Marrakesh.


World Class Champion

He won the World Cup & was knighted by the Queen. Charlatan chats with England's Ben Cohen about the StandUp Foundation, and how he became the new anti-bully in professional sports.

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World Class Champion

He won the World Cup & was knighted by the Queen. Charlatan chats with England's Ben Cohen about the StandUp Foundation, and how he became the new anti-bully in professional sports.


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The New Argentina

They call her the Queen of El Plata. Charlatan checks in to the Four Seasons Buenos Aires and discovers the spiritual leader of the nation in South America's mecca of immigration.


Brave New World

Artificial Intelligence is replacing man with machines, cryptocurrency, and a universal basic income. Charlatan explores the dystopia and future of the Digital Age.

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Brave New World

Artificial Intelligence is replacing man with machines, cryptocurrency, and a universal basic income. Charlatan explores the dystopia and future of the Digital Age.


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The Danish Way

Denmark's wind and clean energy initatives are peaking the world's interest. Charlatan travels to Christiansborg Palace and discovers a new science and king in Copenhagen.


The God Particle

When scientists at CERN discovered the Higgs Boson, they learned that nothing is actually created or destroyed in particle physics. Charlatan explores this re-telling of the story of our creation.

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The God Particle

When scientists at CERN discovered the Higgs Boson, they learned that nothing is actually created or destroyed in particle physics. Charlatan explores this re-telling of the story of our creation.


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Thailand's Blue Wave

They're navigating the Old Guard, a Military Junta and ancient royal family. Charlatan embarks to Bangkok to explore the River of Kings, floating markets, jungle tours and Southeast Asia's blue wave of democracy.


The Artificial Tsar

The world has long ignored Russia's policy initiative to colonize the world — until now. Charlatan embarks to Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Kremlin in 2012 to examine their objective and endgame with imperialism.

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The Artificial Tsar

The world has long ignored Russia's policy initiative to colonize the world — until now. Charlatan embarked to Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Kremlin in 2012 to examine their objective and endgame with imperialism.


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The Great Good Place

The search for a civil society exists solely and exclusively outside the cash nexus. Charlatan explores the new 15-minute cities and the re-emergence of Third Places.


Universal Faith

A new generation has been called to serve a diverse and inclusive Church of England. Charlatan examines the collective religious foray toward Universal Faith.

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Universal Faith

A new generation has been called to serve a diverse and inclusive Church of England. Charlatan examines the collective religious foray toward Universal Faith.


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Indigenous Peoples' Day

It is the largest extermination of an indigenous people in history. Charlatan sits down with historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to discuss the Removal Act, Trail of Tears, and "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States."


The Arab Spring

A series of conflicts and civil wars have swept across North Africa. Charlatan examines the Libyan Revolution and discovers why simply deposing a dictator doesn't always ensure a democracy.

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The Arab Spring

A series of conflicts and civil wars have swept across North Africa. Charlatan examines the Libyan Revolution and discovers why simply deposing a dictator doesn't always ensure a democracy.


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China 2049

The best lens for clarifying the dynamics of the U.S-China relationship may be the Thucydides Trap. Charlatan examines the structural stress that occurs when a rising power threatens to displace a ruling nation.


The NFL Super Bowl

The concussions, ratings, combine, race norming and relevancy. Charlatan examines why the American phenomenon football, not baseball, is the national pastime.

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NFL Super Bowl

The concussions, ratings, combine, race norming and relevancy. Charlatan examines why the American phenomenon football, not baseball, is the national pastime.


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Marriage Equality

The U.S. Supreme Court declares Same-Sex Marriage the new law of the land. Charlatan recalls how the Catholics, Mormons and Gays collided to create the New American Family.


Painkillers

Purdue Pharma promised pain relief. Tesla scientifically looked for a cure. Charlatan examines the industry and culture of pain.

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Painfillers

Purdue Pharma promised pain relief. Tesla scientifically looked for a cure. Charlatan examines the industry and culture of pain.


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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an organized movement dedicated to non-violent civil disobedience in protest to police brutality. Charlatan examines the movement for freedom, liberation and justice.


Intersex Revolution

1 in every 1500 infants are born with ambiguous genitalia. Charlatan explores the new frontier for Civil Rights called The Transgender Revolution.

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Intersex Revolution

1 in every 1500 infants are born with ambiguous genitalia. Charlatan explores the new frontier for Civil Rights called The Transgender Revolution.


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Extreme Weather 2023

It was the hottest year on earth. Charlatan examines the Anthropocene: a geological epoch created by man's impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems.


The Zone of Interest

Nearly 50 years to the day after the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israel and Palastine are again at war. Charlatan examines the coup, talking points, casulties and future of the Israeli-Hamas War 2023.

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The Zone of Interest

Nearly 50 years to the day after the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israel and Palastine are again at war. Charlatan examines the coup, talking points, casulties and future of the Israeli-Hamas War 2023.


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Super-Intelligence

Large Language Models are gradually moving toward a state of sentient consciousness. Charlatan examines Artificial General Intelligence, a universal basic income, and the symbiosis and future of man and his machines.


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