Conflict and Republicanism: Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy

Niccolò Machiavelli was one of the foremost man of letters in the Late Renaissance.  He is remembered as the author of the “primer for princes” generally translated as The Prince in English.  His name is associated with manipulation and the idea that it is better to be evil than good to maintain political power.  However, … Continue reading Conflict and Republicanism: Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy

Why Conflict and Division is Good for Politics

Everyone seems to preach of the need of unity and “coming together.”  In troubled times, in times of increased anxiety—sometimes spilling over into violence—the prophets of unity appear as a voice of “moderation.”  Unity is, of course, a code-word for establishment power politics; for it is the existing status-quo which always loses its grip on … Continue reading Why Conflict and Division is Good for Politics