“…men are so simple, and so subject to present necessities, that he who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.” –The Prince, Chapter 18, Niccolo Machiavelli.
“...I do not believe that factions can ever be of use; rather it is certain that when the enemy comes upon you in divided cities you are quickly lost, because the weakest party will always assist the outside forces and the other will not be able to resist.” – The Prince, Chapter 20, Niccolo Machiavelli.
When I was in high school, probably the 9th grade or perhaps junior high 8th grade, a history teacher said to me (and a classroom of my cohorts) “memorizes this: “The end justifies the means.” -Niccolo Machiavelli, in The Prince, it will be on the test.” That was it, that was all, barely a footnote and not even any context. Needless to say, it was memorized. The whole incident was mysterious and thus it caught my attention.
But this was before computers became a household item and long, long before Google. But I never forgot the name, the quote, or the name of the book. A handful of years later, I stumbled across a copy of it on a merchant’s table during a camping event for the Society of Creative Anachronism; along with a handful of other “period texts”, and I immediately purchased it. Finally, the mysterious Machiavelli, what was he all about?
Thus it was that Niccolo Machiavelli went from mystery to an example of the maliciousness of undermining education in an effort to control information, and thus, people. When it comes to Niccolo Machiavelli, beware the teacher or professor; not joking. If they have not read The Prince for themselves, or their reading comprehension is questionable, they are likely to repeat the biased opinion of whomever taught them.
Which is to say that somewhere in the text of The Prince it says “the end justifies the means” (where? what chapter?), yada yada, and “Niccolo Machiavelli was “the father of modern politics” and pretty much an evil bastard that you shouldn’t bother with lest you learn how to be an evil bastard too“, loosely paraphrased of course. Anybody who believes he was the “father of modern politics” has never read The Prince.
There is just no way anyone with fully functioning reading comprehension and critical thinking skills could ever read that book and believe for one second that Niccolo Machiavelli invented, “fathered”, or even influenced modern politics. What he did was describe different kinds of nation-state governance and political strategies in historical contexts, noting the pros and cons of each for an intended audience of Medici rulers.
The Prince should be required reading in junior high and high school history classes. It should be required reading again at the Associate and Bachelor’s degree levels in colleges and universities, and taught by qualified and competent teachers and professors who have absolutely read the text. If it had been taught for the last 30 years in American schools and universities, we would not be in the current political mess we are in now.
And we are in a very big political mess right now. We have a pack of treason-weasels in Congress, letting their King run his mouth to the leader of foreign power, and taking said leader of a foreign power’s word over that of the entire U.S. Intelligence Community. Do you have any idea how big the U.S. Intelligence Community is? I’ll give you a hint, it includes the Military, the State, Defense, Justice, Treasury, and Energy Departments.
Nobody really knows what King Treason-Weasel might have said to Vladimir Putin for hours behind closed doors. We only know what he said publicly to the news media during that press conference in Helsinki. What King Treason-Weasel said publicly to the news media during that press conference in Helsinki was tantamount to Treason. Given what was said, someone should be asking how compromised is the Intelligence Community?
“…men are so simple, and so subject to present necessities, that he who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.”
Machiavelli made a very astute observation about how ordinary people are not the most sophisticated especially when they are more engaged in getting by in their daily lives. Jobs, family, responsibilities keep people busy and unable to pay attention; prone to believing what they want and need to believe. Treason-weasels seek to deceive; especially their King, but in this case, their King is himself is just as easily deceived.
...I do not believe that factions can ever be of use; rather it is certain that when the enemy comes upon you in divided cities you are quickly lost, because the weakest party will always assist the outside forces and the other will not be able to resist.
Factions; they weaken a nation-state, this is why Machiavelli stated he did not believe they can ever be of use. Factions can get out of hand, the polarization can escalate things to the point where one faction, the weakest faction, is assisting outside forces. Why? Because the weakest faction is using the outside forces to take out its opposition while counting on the opposition to weaken the outside forces, so it can obtain high ground.
Why is the high ground important? Moral high ground is critical to obtaining unity and solidarity of the people in politics and in warfare. Political leaders need the support of the majority in order to gain and remain in power. Likewise, generals need it to maintain support for their war efforts, and to maintain troop morale and support. Whomever has the moral high ground is usually the one who gets and keeps power.
People keep asking why the treason-weasels in Congress have been letting this creep show continue instead of shutting it down like they spent 8 years threatening to do with the previous Administration and certainly would have if President Obama had been anywhere near as morally and cognitively bankrupt as King Twitler Treason-Weasel. It is a fair question to ask; obviously there is something in it for them.
Are the treason-weasels in Congress merely exploiting the whole situation out of opportunistic self-interest? I’d bet they are. Is Putin and Russia merely exploiting the whole situation out of opportunistic self-interest? It looks that way to me. How long has all of this exploitation of situations out of opportunistic self-interest been going on? “…because the weakest party will always assist the outside forces…”
It begs the question is this really opportunistic exploitation our of self-interest or is this collusion more widely spread than just King Treason-Weasel and his campaign of circus monkeys? Because here we have a rival superpower that has been all kinds of shady over the last few years, especially in the area of cybersecurity about to be up in our business with all things cyber.
A rival superpower that has been positively identified across the entire U.S. Intelligence Community as having been involved in influencing the outcome of the last POTUS Election; has been reported to be involved in making cyber forays into our energy grid; has been suspected of exploiting a Russian anti-virus software company for espionage purposes (Kaspersky Labs). This is just what has been public knowledge.
They want to “question” their own intelligence officers with our federal law enforcement present, about this collusion with King Treason-Weasel’s campaign, and they want to look over the IC’s evidence of tampering/hacking, so they can “advise” on it, and in exchange, we are to apparently question some of our wealthy elites about allegedly illegal financial activities over in Russia, with their law enforcement present.
Whose Rule of Law will apply exactly, ours or theirs? Whose Constitution?
Since they are apparently “voting” in our presidential elections, do we get to “vote” in theirs?
As melodramatic as it may sound, (or perhaps not because this is a pretty damn big deal for both National Security and Homeland Security) have we been re-colonized? Or annexed?
Are we Amerika now?