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The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
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Jun 16, 12

bookshelves: philosophy, sociology
Read in May, 2012

What shall we say about the foundation of hierarchical thought? What of Machiavelli himself and the advice passed on as a gift? For that matter, what of Hume, or Marx? What of any of the humanist advocates who lean towards a disposable humanity that can be herded, or lost, to produce an end result that the masses have been deceived into believing is beneficial? It instructs how to make the end result conform to the personal philosophy of a one. This philosophical piece is unique in that it benefits the fascist or the communist, the truly beneficent or the conspiratorial.

This review is not about philosophy. The book was easy to read, informative, and for the layman, an instruction in the manipulation and power that government may wield. For the leader, whether tyrant or beneficent, it is a simply laid foundation for control and presentation.

What is most interesting in this book is the polished and self-fulfilling way it teaches control. Without thought to the true ends, one might agree wholeheartedly with the processes, even were they effectual to that person seeking freedom. It is the reason this philosophy, this book, offers promise to leaders. It is goal oriented but pretends to be people oriented. The individual life means nothing in reaching the goals, and everything to deception and application.

An interesting read. Although this book has affected the whole of history, I gave it only four stars because it is a bit of a tedious read, nonetheless.
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