On Machiavellian Statecraft and Conspiracies

Jay's Analysis

The Art of War. The Art of War.

By: Jay Dyer

The popular views attributed to Niccolo Machiavelli are not actually his own.  Having not actually read him, the assumption by many is that he is known for advocating the notion that the ends justify any means, while rulers of state must have no scruples in achieving their ends.  While Machiavelli was a pragmatist in many respects, his positions place him firmly within the classical Western tradition of statecraft.  As a Renaissance thinker, the desire to revive classical Greek and Roman learning was in fashion, and it is within that milieu that we must situate him.  He does not advocate tyranny and abuse, and his insights on intrigue, subterfuge and conspiracy illuminate and rebuke many of the errors of our degenerate, effeminate gaggle of so-called leaders. Machiavelli’s The Prince is well-known, but few are familiar with his Art of War and The Discourses, which…

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