Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli was born on 3 May in 1469.



Machiavellian is used to describe people who manipulate and deceive people for gain. People who use this description think they are referring to one of Machiavelli greatest works, The Prince in which he explains the traits of an ideal political leader (the prince, but bearing in mind, he wrote this during a time of upheaval in Florence):
- a willingness to imitate the behavior of great men
- the ability to explain how government is necessary for the greater good of all
- a dedication to the art of war, for survival of the state
- an understanding that it may be necessary to be cruel in order to maintain stability and power
- being prudent with one's own money
- appearing to be virtuous (for example, religious) to convince those who may be a bit "vulgar"
- being wise enough to seek advice and counsel, but only when needed.

Of course, this is rather extreme. At the time he wrote The Prince, the state of Florence was in dire straits.

Machiavelli was an early international relations realist. This is what drives most countries' foreign policies and relations. Pragmatism, not idealism.

If you think that the US, Japan, China and most powerful countries do not manipulate and deceive, then you have been asleep.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.

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My human was up earlier this morning. Not because I scampered after another accident, but because he had a work corporate planning day out of the office and a colleague came and picked him up early. He told me he went to her house while they waited for other people from work (to go together), and while he was there, he patted and stroked Tamsin the cat who purred madly. Hmmpphhh.

Still it isn't as bad as yesterday morning when he walked to work and stopped to talk to a dog (Border Collie cross) called Tess who is nine years old and who wanted my human to play fetch stick with her, which he did. How rude! My human is always talking to strange dogs and cats. Not only that, I know for a fact that he also talks to the birds as well, especially the magpies.

Anyway, because of the corporate planning, my human came home earlier than usual. This meant he didn't get a chance to shop for my chicken wings at the markets.

Tonight Sabre's human Lyn came and brought Emily over. Emily visited briefly earlier last month, but was in Perth with her family. Emily is Windy and Cleo's human. It seems Emily will be staying over for a bit. This means that I'm back to getting a choice of two laps! Woohoo!


Windy, who is my age


Cleo, who is very elderly at 20

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you have an enjoyable time with Aunty Emily! I loved her staying in Perth and will miss her alot :-(
I hope she gives you lots of pats and lap time!
Hannah
xxxxxx

Thursday, 04 May, 2006  
Blogger Keiser said...

Hey Hannah

Update your Catster diary! Is Aimee hogging the computer?

Aunty Em gives the best cuddles.

Keiser
x0x

Thursday, 04 May, 2006  

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