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Machiavelli

The Guest Cat: A Fated Visit

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide is a slender but rich meditation on fate. What force directs the twists of our lives -- or are all events random and therefore beyond our control?

Why Power Corrupts

David Bergstein | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
David Bergstein

Corruption is a byproduct of a person in power, either through money, by way of election, or by force, who is arrogant instead of grateful. In the words of Elliot Spitzer, "hubris is terminal."

Here's Why I Love the Che Guevara Jesus Poster

Paul N. Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Paul N. Alexander

I love this picture. I've been showing it in my classes for more than a decade. But why in the world would I -- an activist committed to consistent nonviolence -- appreciate a portrayal of Jesus that is blended with Che Guevara?

Putting Your Power to Work: 500 Years of Advice for Today's Woman

Jan Sharry | Posted 09.15.2013 | Women
Jan Sharry

The term "Machiavellian" conjures up thoughts of scheming, cunning, narcissism, and tyranny -- not necessarily what women, or anyone for that matter, want to be known for in the workplace. But by routinely dismissing his tenets, are we missing opportunities and not playing the same game that others employ?

County-wide School Districts? Kicking the Tires in Ol' Machiavellian Michigan

Kevin Walsh | Posted 09.09.2013 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

Who knows? County-wide districts might actually work. We can all believe in our leaders and hope they have our best interests at heart. But, as usual, follow the money.

Machiavelli: How the Darkest Conspiracy Ever Backfired and Gave Us Two Popes 500 Years Later

Paul Schwartzman | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Paul Schwartzman

Machiavelli plotted to obliterate "this swarm of scoundrels." Perhaps the current governing Cardinals are in conflict how to institutionally cope with two mortal sins, adultery and theft, both of which were cited by Benedict. The true believers of the Church deserve a pure slate.

Response To WSJ Op-Ed Calling For Bible Education In Public Schools

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 05.02.2013 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

India is the reason for the existence of what later became the United States of America. Certainly, this bit of history should be taught in every American school.

Professor Claims Astonishing 500-Year-Old Find

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.28.2013 | World

A professor from the United Kingdom claims to have found the original 500-year-old arrest warrant for famed Italian humanist Niccolo Machiavelli. P...

On Giglio, Machiavelli And Nixon: Stop The Benedictions!

Michael G. Long | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Even though he or she has been chosen for political purposes to deliver "a good word," the next invitee can easily exercise freedom from those who seek to wield the sacred merely for the profane. How best to do this? For God's sake, send the invitation back.

Advice For Rev. Giglio: Remember Machiavelli -- And Nixon

Michael G. Long | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Machiavelli understood, arguably better than anyone of his age, that religion can be an effective tool for buttressing the prince's stature and advancing his politics. The sharp-minded Italian theorist also counseled the prince to wield religion as a political weapon.

Arbitrage the Movie With a Tip of the Hat to Machiavelli, the Philosopher

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.24.2012 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

What makes this new movie so very appealing is that it dramatically reminds us the conduct code we're all taught in school and in Disney movies is more aspirational than reality.

Citizen's Book Club: Where Does American Democracy Come From?

Lex Paulson | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Lex Paulson

Power against power, party against party, executive veto against congressional initiative: if you want to understand American politics, read Federalist #51.

Unnamed Sources: Clintons Green-Light Chelsea '32 Presidential Bid

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.15.2012 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

A quick and dirty survey of the nation's most prominent futurists left no doubt that Chelsea is the odds on favorite in 2032 to become the most powerful person in the history of the Milky Way.

Machiavelli and the Rough Realities of Power Politics

O'Brien Browne | Posted 06.06.2012 | Books
O'Brien Browne

Although we may cringe from his descriptions and prescriptions, somehow we realize that this is how politics is conducted, whether by managers jousting for power and position in the corporate world or politicians seeking office.

Occupy Wall Street as Seen Through Machiavelli's Lens

Nicholas Carroll | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business
Nicholas Carroll

I do not know how political sage Niccolo Machiavelli, author of The Prince, would have estimated the OWS prospects of success. However I am certain of the warning he would be giving the ruling class, the one-percenters: they are pushing the people too far.

Wait and See, Liberals ...

The Relentless Conservative | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
The Relentless Conservative

Just as this President has nobody else to blame except himself, Liberals have only to look in the mirror to see the real culprits in the creation of "The Worst President in American History."

Lessons From Machiavelli

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

Machiavelli was not the cynical toady for tyrants that seems to be his reputation. He was a small-r republican, who believed that a practical politician needs to combine principle and grit to accomplish anything, particularly anything great and lasting.

Machiavelli on Tax Policy

Edward D. Kleinbard | Posted 08.28.2011 | Business
Edward D. Kleinbard

If we could learn to acknowledge the role that the whims of fortune play in all of our lives, then we might perhaps not grasp quite so tightly onto our material success as if it were ours alone.

7 Cause Marketing Lessons From Machiavelli

Joe Waters | Posted 08.23.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

Niccolo Machiavelli, the Italian diplomat who wrote the classical treatise The Prince 500 years ago, probably would have been a big fan of cause marketing.

Machiavelli, Third World America and Our National Crisis

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

When something goes horribly wrong, it's always useful to look to the Classics to understand what's actually happened and how to move forward. Is our ...

Tom Donilon: The Last Best Hope to Help Obama Make Vital Strategic Leaps

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

After the announcement that Tom Donilon would succeed General Jim Jones as President Obama's National Security Adviser, Donilon went from being the busiest man in the White House to the even-busier busiest man. This is good, and bad, news.

Machiavelli Is in the House

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

When CentralWorks offered the world premiere of Machiavelli's The Prince, I was struck by the playwright's skill at making Machiavelli's treatise on the use of power so relevant to contemporary politics.

High Art for the Low Brow

Jessica Rovello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jessica Rovello

It's more than a little surprising to see a new crop of console games trading in the old standards (football, hookers, zombies, guns) for a far older standard: renaissance art and literary classics.

Multi-Thinking About Iran: Let's be Realist

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

As a "card-carrying realist," I find Haass's recommendation to "promote" -- he does not actually call for "doing" -- regime change in Tehran as running contrary to any sensible realist viewpoint.

Survivor Finalist Russell Really Is an Ass: Whereas 4th Place Brett Showed Class Will Tell

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

The point here is to cast light on the devil incarnate of the most recent Survivor, which concluded Sunday night on CBS. Machiavellian is too tame to describe the overconfident and somewhat deluded Russell Hantz.