Quite a lot of people, most of them after misreading Machiavelli, have convinced themselves that ‘history is written by the victors’.
Even Winston Churchill, once a victor himself, had fallen into this trap. 519 more words
phan·tom cell, n.
1. A covert or clandestine leaderless group that acts against an institution.
And as experience shows, many have been the conspiracies, but few have been successful; because he who conspires cannot act alone, nor can he take a companion except from those whom he believes to be malcontents, and as soon as you have opened your mind to a malcontent you have given him the material with which to content himself, for by denouncing you he can look for every advantage; so that, seeing the gain from this course to be assured, and seeing the other to be doubtful and full of dangers, he must be a very rare friend, or a thoroughly obstinate enemy of the prince, to keep faith with you. 707 more words
Machiavelli said that a good political leader should be very powerful. Machiavelli said political leaders should not follow any specific moral code. Machiavelli said the political leader should do whatever he wants. 286 more words
What is virtue? Some might say goodness, morality, and character. Aristotle, one of the greatest Greek philosophers, said virtue consisted of four elements (prudence, temperance, courage, and justice) and was the foundation for any effective action. 259 more words