Liberty Classics — Machiavelli’s The Prince With Jeffrey Tucker

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How to wipe away the illusions promised by political control? An excellent place to start is Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince. Written in 1513, it considered the founding document of what is today called political science. It is an eye opening read, simply because it is such an unvarnished account of the primary purpose of the state. It is a manual for states to do the best possible job at achieving their aims.

And what is that aim? Back in the day, the excuses for power were to secure the population against invasion, to protect the people’s faith against heresy, to control the mob so as to restrain chaos that makes life impossible. Today the exoteric reasons for state control include those but add many others: to being about income fairness, to stop unjust discrimination, to clean up the environment, and so on.

See Jeffrey’s new article on Machiavelli and 4 other essential books for liberty lovers.

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