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The Discourses by Niccolò Machiavelli
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Jan 03, 2011

it was amazing


The 'Discourses' are a mystery to many people only acquainted with 'The Prince'. Their initial 'surface' reading had convinced them that ol' Nick was on the side of a strong Individual (Prince, King) ruling through his virtù. But this was only at the surface! If you go through the 'Prince' a second time, searching for any mention of the aristocrats (Barons, Dukes, Factions, etc.) you will be amazed how Machiavelli never seems to have much respect for them. They always get in the way! There are only two 'subjects', two possible authorities, in Nick's political writings: the Prince and the People. Here, in the 'Discourses' discover what our author meant by a People. After reading both the Prince and the Discourses, several times, one should then turn to Leo Strauss and Gramsci, both of whom are very sharp on Machiavelli.

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