The PRINCE- Nicolo Machiavelli
More often cited than read. There is more information in this work relevant to current world events than in all political books written in the last fifty years put together. Leaving out of consideration those maxims of state which still furnish some European and eastern statesmen with principles of action, "The Prince" is bestrewn with truths that can be proved at every turn. Men are still the dupes of their simplicity and greed, as they were in the days of Alexander VI. The cloak of religion still conceals the vices Machiavelli laid bare in the character of Ferdinand of Aragon. Men will not look at things as they really are, but as they wish them to be--and are ruined. In politics there are no perfectly safe courses; prudence consists in choosing the least dangerous ones. Then--to pass to a higher plane--Machiavelli reiterates that, although crimes may win an empire, they do not win glory. Necessary wars are just wars, and the arms of a nation are hallowed when it has no other resource but to fight.
Modern politics and current events can not be possibly be understood without a thorough appreciation of The Prince. Contemporary political writings are 96% nonsense, misinformation and propaganda. Would one expect otherwise?
But, how many American presidents have not read The Prince? None. How many four star American generals have not read The Prince? None. How many Americans know what's inside this book? Almost none. Little wonder Americans talk so much about politics while understanding it so little.
If you want to understand what is going on. If you want to know why princes, kings, presidents, and leaders of even tribal communities behave as they do, read this simple explanation.
The players change, but the game remains the same.
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