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
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
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
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