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    Posted: 30-Aug-2011 at 13:17
What are your thoughts on this most maligned individual? 

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (Italian pronunciation: [nikkoˌlɔ makjaˈvɛlli], 3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian historian, philosopher, humanist, and writer based in Florence during theRenaissance. He is one of the main founders of modern political science.[1] He was a diplomat, political philosopher, playwright, and a civil servant of the Florentine Republic. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, poetry, and some of the most well-known personal correspondence in the Italian language. His position in the regime of Florence as Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Republic of Florence lasted from 1498 to 1512, a period in which the Medici were not in power. Machiavelli's most well-known writing was, however, after this period, during the time when the Medici recovered power, and Machiavelli was removed from all positions of responsibility.
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I think he got unfair bad rap. He was a very clever guy, a good historian, a willy politician /as all good politicians are. I like him a lot. He was a true Renaissance man, widely read, and writing in almost all areas that the Renaissance made progress in. I suppose his image as an unscrupulous person came from the unrealistic expectation that politics is supposed to be about morals, which is the shallowest illusion ever - if a politician start giving moral sermons, and plays moral outrage, he/she is the worst type of demagogue.
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The only work of his which I read was 'Il Principe' and though short and concise, I think it is quite valuable especially at the time of the warring states of Italy. He is blunt, cynical but realizes that there is no compromise in politics and saw humans as the political animals they were. I do not abide by the view that he was 'machiavellical' albeit some of his suggestions might sound cruel and cold-hearted. For example, he suggested that anyone who conquers a free society should crush them and impose on them the harshed punishment possible, otherwise he would be expected to be overthrown and his rule would be full of riots. Historically speaking, this was true in many occasions. Think of how the Moors' rule in Spain encountered so much continuing opposition centuries after their conquest of Iberia even though their rule was considered by that time's standard to have been quite peaceful.
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Combine DQ and Baal's posts and you have my appreciation of him.
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Originally posted by Centrix Vigilis

Combine DQ and Baal's posts and you have my appreciation of him.
500 years later most who refuse to acknowledge  the 'method'...attempt to judge a current era nexus with no appreachable contex to his own.

I couldn't have said it better myself. His works were intuitive, and people not understanding they were bases purely on his observations thought there must have been something sinister involved in the creation of them. 
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  Quote Chookie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-Aug-2011 at 17:11
Originally posted by TheAlaniDragonRising

I couldn't have said it better myself. His works were intuitive, and people not understanding they were bases purely on his observations thought there must have been something sinister involved in the creation of them. 

There was something sinister - human nature.
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Originally posted by TheAlaniDragonRising

I couldn't have said it better myself. His works were intuitive, and people not understanding they were bases purely on his observations thought there must have been something sinister involved in the creation of them. 

There was something sinister - human nature.

Only they were oblivious to this being a factor. Machiavelli however was looking at the reality of everyday life and see what could really be done, I think. 
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