Old Power book
Sunday 9 september 2018
Niccolò Machiavelli ( 3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist and writer of the Renaissance period
“Machiavellianism” is widely used as a negative term to characterize unscrupulous politicians of the sort Machiavelli described most famously in the book The Prince. Machiavelli described immoral behavior, such as dishonesty and the killing of innocents, as being normal and effective in politics. He even seemed to encourage it in some situations. The book gained notoriety due to claims that it teaches “evil recommendations to tyrants to help them maintain their power”
The term “Machiavellian” is often associated with political deceit, deviousness, and realpolitik. On the other hand, many commentators, such as Baruch Spinoza, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Denis Diderot, have argued that Machiavelli was actually a republican, even when writing The Prince, and his writings were an inspiration to Enlightenment proponents of modern democratic political philosophy. In one place, for example, he noted his admiration for the selfless Roman dictator Cincinnatus.
How to get power og how to maintain IT. It’s safer to be feared than loved.Cruelties should be commited all at once. A prince who desires to maintain his position must learn to be not always good, but to be so or not, as needs require.
All armed prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed prophets have been destroyed. Before all else, be armed.
In this book, no compassion or simple love. Just straight to the point, power gaining it and sustain it.