Thursday, March 03, 2005

Niccola Machiavelli - Republican Policy Advisor

Hey Paul;

"And it will always happen that he who is not your friend will request your neutrality and he who is your friend will ask you to declare yourself by taking up arms. And irresolute princes, in order to avoid present dangers, follow the neutral road most of the time, and most of the time they are ruined." -- Niccolo Machiavelli

"For a prince should have two fears: one, internal concerning his subjects; the other, external, concerning foreign powers. From the latter he can always defend himself by his good troops and friends; and he will always have good friends if he has good troops." -- Niccolo Machiavelli

"One should never allow chaos to develop in order to avoid going to war, because one does not avoid a war but instead puts it off to his disadvantage." -- Niccolo Machiavelli

"You must, therefore know that there are two means of fighting: one according to the laws, the other with force; the first way is proper to man, the second to beasts; but because the first, in many cases, is not sufficient, it becomes necessary to have recourse to the second." -- Niccolo Machiavelli

Italics Mine


At 4:06 PM, Blogger Decadent Leftist said...

Not only is this one of the most selective and saddest readings of the works "The Prince of statecraft" i have ever seen, but you also miss the mark (by a long shot) regarding the current adminstration.

You see, Machivelli is a "realist" who(usually) subscribes to realpolitik and the aims associated with that goal. For example, arch neo-realist Henry Kissenger killed millions of Cambodians, Vietnamese and Laotians civilians with massive bombing campaigns in a show of force while leaving Vietnam. It worked, since the Soviets and Americans began to accelerate their realtionship, and China was also recogninzed

Bush and Co very few realists in their party. Condi is sold as one, but she doesn't act like one. The NSS of 2002 is not a realist document- it is far too idealistic. For a realist, "idealism"- in this case "freedom and democracy"-is secondary to state interest and security.

And no, democracy does not lead to stability and peace- its still far to young on a global scale to be properlly evaluated as a "peacemaker". They said economics would make war impossible as. THat didn't work.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Blair said...

I hadn't realized Henry Kissenger was an arch neo-realist;
I always thought he was Jewish.


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