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Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)

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We remember Niccolò Machiavelli, who was born on this day in 1469 in Florence.   He was a diplomat and later tortured by his opponents.

“The Prince” is one of the most consequential books of all time:    

Though it was initially a dark period for his career, Machiavelli’s time away from politics gave him the opportunity to read Roman history and to write political treatises, most notably The Prince. The main theme of this short work about monarchal rule and survival is man’s capacity for determining his own destiny in opposition to the power of fate, which has been interpreted as the political philosophy that one may resort to any means in order to establish and preserve total authority. The work has been regarded as a handbook for politicians on the use of ruthless, self-serving cunning, and inspired the term “Machiavellian.” While many believe that the book’s title character, “the prince,” was based upon the infamous Cesare Borgia, some scholars consider it a satire.

Written by scantojr

May 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Posted in US politics

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