The Prince

“The effective leader understands that politics is as much about image as it is substance and acts accordingly.”

With all the Machiavellian power-grabbing going on by governments around the world at the moment in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, it seems like as good a time as ever to review the old bible of cynical power accumulation and concentration itself, Machiavelli’s own The Prince.

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

The ultimate aim of power is to increase itself.

Remember that when your politicians are banning free speech (and the sale of frozen food) and demanding access to your live location tracking data in the name of containing contagion…

“For one change always leaves a dovetail into which another can fit.”

Best we make sure the compounding changes to power dynamics are good ones then, right?

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