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the trump thud

trump got lots of applause tonight, though I sometimes wondered whether anyone was actually listening.

In the first place, just about every word he said had been said eleventy seven times this week by others. 366 more words

Evolving from Racism to Blind Hate

This has been an eerie week, watching the Republican Nation Convention showcase the true character of the contemporary Republican party. There clearly is an evolutionary development to be seen here. 344 more words

Quotes to write by 1.

From Niccolo Machiavelli’s letter to the magnificent Lorenzo de Medici in presenting his The Prince:

Nor I hope will it be considered presumptuous for a man of low and humble status to dare discuss and lay down the law about how princes should rule; because, just as men who are sketching the landscape put themselves down in the plain to study the nature of mountains and the highlands, and to study the low-lying land they put themselves high on the mountains, so, to comprehend fully the nature of the people, one must be a prince, and to comprehend fully the nature of princes one must be an ordinary citizen.

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Advice from Old Fritz on war, politics & humanity

Frederick the Great wrote a book, published in 1740, the very year he acceded to the throne, in response to Machiavelli’s The Prince, a cynical and jaded view of realpolitik. 145 more words


Clutching at Straws?

Close your eyes and it could well have been Ed Miliband talking on the steps of 10 Downing Street this Wednesday. Apart from the voice, of course. 529 more words


A word from Divvin (that’s an English County next to Zummerzet and just down the road from Darsit, if you’m wonderin’).

Now, my Darlin’s, ‘tis like this. 699 more words

Machiaveli: 'The Prince'

Niccoló Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian writer and politician whose book, The Prince, expressed many radical ideas that represented a break from the medieval past. 209 more words