Machiavelli discussed that in The Prince, the first half-way realistic discussion of how to rule most effectively (there were a number of them out there as economic changes brought new families into power in Renaissance Italy, although they can be traced back to Plato’s Republic.) The others simply advised you to be perfect. Big help. Machiavelli said ideally you should be both, but if you have to make a choice go with fear – people will betray someone they love before someone they fear.
May 12, 2016