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Why Injustices Will Not Change

“The reason there will be no change is because the people who stand to lose from change have all the power. And the people who stand to gain from change have none of the power.” –Machiavelli… 565 more words

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How many Machiavellis? Rhetoric and dual-motivation in The Prince

(This essay was originally published in Porridge Magazine)

‘Am I politic? Am I subtle? Am I a Machiavel?’ (Host, The Merry Wives of Windsor  2,934 more words


[T]he prince must consider…how to avoid those things which make him hated or contemptible….It makes him contemptible to be considered fickle, frivolous, effeminate, mean-spirited, irresolute, from all of which a prince should guard himself as from a rock.

—Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince

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What Machiavelli can teach us about Trump and the decline of liberal democracy

The infamous philosopher had a lot to say about why democracies fall.

“I’d like to teach them the way to hell, so they can steer clear of it.” 1,922 more words


When a Nation Decays

There is no surer sign
of decay in a country than
to see the practice of religion
held in contempt.

–Niccolò Machiavelli