The Softer Side of Machiavelli?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Niccolo Machiavelli may not have been the cold-hearted, power-hungry man the history books would have us believe. Biographer Ross King shows a different side of the man in his new book, Machiavelli.

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Comments [4]

Bruno from Westchester, NY

I find it interesting how one man had many functions in government, entertainment, and society. One may think that Machiavelli was up to his neck in work. I don't understand how his hobby (writing) didn't interfere with his social and work responsibilities.

Nov. 12 2007 09:27 PM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

eCAHNomics, no one said Machiavelli's conclusions were necessarily right.

Nov. 12 2007 01:00 PM

Am confused. Author said "end justifies means," and "end" for Machiavelli was good government. How can you get good government out of a bad process? Government is process.

Nov. 12 2007 12:53 PM
Doug Singer from Brooklyn, NY

I wonder what the guest might think of the idea once proposed by a very bright professor I had that The Prince is actually satire?

Nov. 12 2007 12:49 PM

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