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originally posted by: Thecakeisalie
God morning, evening and goodnight deniers of ignorance.
Now for you folk not familiar with Machiavelli he pretty much believed that the common nine to five citizens were not smart enough to make decisions for themselves so politicians played on their fears-like a sheep dog among sheep-to get elected and as Machiavelli said "A Prudent ruler cannot and must not honor his word." Now does that remind you of anyone of anything?
“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
Equal parts self-help book and how-to guide for a would-be ruler, these manuals were rather quaint and formulaic simplifications of the complexities of governance.
Machiavelli shifted the focus of political theory from the abstract discussion of virtue and justice to an objective analysis of the machinations of governance.