Niccolò Machiavelli was forty-four years old when he sat down to write Prince . He was just mid-middle age for a man in the early 16th century. Also because of this temporary factor, his text sought to win back the favor of the masters of his city. And although he failed in that goal, things in life, the book would make him much more famous than the lords of Florence.
Machiavelli wrote a treatise that would establish him as the father of modern Political Science. The gentlemen of him did not want or did not know how to put into practice the essence of some reflections, which were not only about how to conquer power.
The independence movement seems subscribed to the eternal tripping over the same stone
How will the current Government of Catalonia, its leaders and the movement that supports them go down in history? They will do it? And if so, will it be in a major or minor key? By their learning from mistakes you will know them. And the Catalan independence movement seems subscribed to the eternal tripping over the same stone. There, as in everything, whoever has more power, also bears more responsibility.
New photos of theoretical unity, which don’t last as long as a press conference that tries to stage it, are one of those stones. The photo album of the rhetorical unity of independence has long been a monument to that of excuse non petita, accusatio manifesta . They assume it doesn’t exist. And it is written, at least, from Machiavelli, but its antecedents are rooted in Antiquity: “Skill and perseverance are the weapons of weakness.”
Manifestly forced and guadianesque prints, without real continuity or fruits in sight other than the occupation of power, are the opposite of the prescriptive. If you want to win, of course. Because of this lack of consistency the adversary is nourished (see all the government of Spain, which, of course, does not want the independence of Catalonia).
Professor Erica Benner, a researcher at Yale University, wrote in 2016 the book Be like the fox: Machiavelli’s lifelong quest for freedom . Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli’s Lifelong Quest for Freedom. The thesis of the book warns that the first readers of Prince Philosophers like Spinoza and Rousseau knew that the book was a shrewd indictment of the methods tyrants employ in their rise to power. He wanted to teach his contemporaries (and generations to come) how democracies get sick and how they can be cured.
Mass espionage for political dissent is just that. And those who apply in their exercise of politics the moral relativism that they banally attribute to Machiavelli’s doctrine are part of that evil.
Pedro Sánchez must demonstrate with facts that he is there for something. Not for that. And the same applies to those who raised him to power, if they want to survive him politically and pass the trial of history with a minimum of dignity. They must understand (and let it be noted) that without collective force and only with threats without practical translation, they will still be there for a while with “one year after another comes” as their motto, but little else. Be like the fox. But the best version of him.
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Be like the fox, by Toni Aira
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