Monday, January 11, 2021

The more things change.........................

 Machiavelli had the good fortune always to be disappointed by the statesmen he met.  None, it turned out, measured up to the situation; none was ready to act with the sharpness, decisiveness, and speed that the quality of the times demanded.  It was good fortune, in a way, when you consider the moral and literary depths to which intellectuals can descend when they become entranced with a powerful figure.  If that figure captures their admiration, their intelligence soon capitulates.

     Machiavelli tried to find princes to admire, but when he found none he was forced to invent a Prince on paper.

-Patrick Boucheron, Machiavelli:  The Art of Teaching People What To Fear

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