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5 May 2013
Chi fonda in sul populo, fonda in sul fango.
He who builds on the people builds on mud.
Proverb rejected by Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) in Chapter IX of “Il Principe” (The Prince), a handbook for rulers, which endorses the principle that, in politics, the end justifies the means. Machiavelli was a Florentine political theorist and historian. He wrote “Il Principe” in 1513 but it was not published until after his death in 1532.
You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts. For instance:
1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)
2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)
3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)
4. Capitalism in practice (4 July 2012)
5.Ladder (21 June 2012)
6. A tale of two cities (1) (6 June 2012)
7. A tale of two cities (2) (7 June 2012)
8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)
Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.