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 I think the group will find many useful lessons for both life and trading in these machiavellian maxims and I'm sure that the list will find plenty of fodder for debate contained herein.

Bill Rafter writes:

Those are not Niccolò's thoughts, but the author's wish as to how Machiavelli would think. The two are not the same. Also, many believe they know Machiavelli because they have read The Prince, a very short work hastily put together in three months with an expected readership of only one person, for the expressed purpose of getting a job. Because Machiavelli has become the Progressives' poster child of evil, some anti-Progressives have taken to championing him. But unfortunately they do so poorly read and for the wrong reasons.

The Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy are Machiavelli's best work, written over three years (concurrently with The Prince) for a universal audience. The Founding Fathers of the United States all read "The Discourses" as a prelude to creating our government. It would be well worth your time.

Gary Rogan writes: 

The Prince was written for, well, a Prince. One problem with applying both the original Maciavellianisms from The Prince as well as these new improved maxims is that they don't seem to concern themselves with basic competency in one's line of business outside of manipulating people. For a Prince it fits: his job is essentially to manipulate his subjects, enemies, and any threat or potential resource provider into benefiting the Prince. He doesn't personally build bridges or grow food, etc. On the other hand, imagine a plumber who is also the world's greatest student of Machiavelli but is a really bad plumber. It's doubtful he can overcome his major deficiency by simply manipulating his customers.
 


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  1. Steve on December 30, 2015 2:45 pm

    “For ̶a̶ ̶P̶r̶i̶n̶c̶e̶ the American government it fits: h̶i̶s̶ their job is essentially to manipulate their s̶u̶b̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶ citizens, foreigners, e̶n̶e̶m̶i̶e̶s̶ ̶ the public, and any threat or potential resource provider into benefiting the P̶r̶i̶n̶c̶e̶ ̶government.”

    The Prince of Darkness has been fully embraced by the ruling class. Do what they say, not what they do.

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