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Discourses on Livy: I.12-15


Is it really possible for a corrupt city to become free in the first place? Or, if a corrupt city does manage to become free, is it really possible to maintain its freedom? 1,078 more words

Nomocracy Blog

Chanakya's Arthashastra And Foreign Policy

The Arthashastra is indeed a masterpiece of statecraft, diplomacy, and strategy and is an example of non-Western literature that should be read as part of the “realist” canon. 14 more words

United States

How to tell if the guy in the next cubicle is an everyday sadist

Savoring the suffering of others isn’t merely the stuff of Fifty Shades of Grey or Hannibal Lecter. Recent psychology research reveals that most people are more likely to encounter sadism in their offices, at the hands of a colleague, than from someone with a flogger or a glass of chianti. 3,791 more words

Discourses on Livy: I.16-17


A people who have lived under a tyranny and then become free has little hope of maintaining its freedom—at least according to Machiavelli. And really, “such difficulty is reasonable; for that people is nothing other than a brute animal that, although of a ferocious and feral nature, has always been nourished in prison and servitude” (I.16.2). 1,196 more words

Nomocracy Blog

Illuminated Responsibilities and Consequences


This is to illuminate the responsibilities as an Author and blog Owner/Creator, and the possible consequences that could ensue whether I follow or disregard (intentionally or not) those responsibilities.  917 more words


Bleeding and Leading

Does the End Justify the Means?

Italian Renaissance Philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) may be best remembered by the phrase “the end justifies the means,” a short, simple statement that has since been widely (and frequently inaccurately) used to justify a person’s immoral actions. 345 more words


The means justify the ends

Yes, I know. The title of this post is not right. It’s a deliberate misquotation, part of a writing challenge from over at The Blacklight Candelabra… 590 more words