The Machiavellian Illusion

“…[A]llow them [the conquered] to live under their own laws, taking tribute of them, and creating within the country a government composed of a few who will keep it friendly to you…. A city used to liberty can be more easily held by means of its citizens than in any other way….
“…[T]hey must at least retain the semblance of the old forms; so that it may seem to the people that there has been no change in the institutions,even though in fact they are entirely different from the old ones. For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are…. [The conqueror should] not wish that the people… should have occasion to regret the loss of any of their old customs….”

Niccola Machiavelli

2 Responses to “The Machiavellian Illusion”

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  2. Rich B says:

    Folk’s are getting all hyped up again with the U.S. Presidential elections coming up. Yet, folk’s will continue to be disappointed with the election results, and the American people will continue to feel unrepresented. The American people have become second class citizens. So I ask,feel like a foreigner in you own country yet?

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