Keith Raniere: What does the smartest man in the world sound like? - 2019-03-14
We're still just settling in here at our new blog that will be watching the Nxivm trial unfold in the coming months. Some of our readers are asking us what this Nxivm thing is all about, not having been caught up in the fascinating coverage that's appeared in places like Vanity Fair and the New York Times.
So, OK, let's ease into this thing. You wouldn't want to try to understand something like Scientology, for example, without getting some basic understanding of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. So let's get to know Nxivm founder Keith Raniere a little bit by watching him discuss ideas in his own words.
In 2017, Raniere sat down with Smallville actress Allison Mack for a lengthy "interview," with Mack asking questions and then essentially basking in the glow of Raniere's brilliance. Claiming to have an IQ of 240, Raniere billed himself as the smartest human being on the planet, and asked his followers to refer to him as "Vanguard."