“He who establishes a dictatorship and does not kill Brutus, or he who founds a republic and does not kill the sons of Brutus, will only reign a short time.” ~ Machiavelli in Discorsi.
I believe that Machiavelli is wrong. He is assuming that it is possible for a dictator to kill Brutus and that it is possible for republican leaders to identify and kill the sons of Brutus. No dictator, no group of republican leaders, can achieve this feat. Brutus and his sons are not a few people. They are a legion. Their number is unlimited. They are everywhere. They cannot be suppressed.
Brutus and his sons are the primary weapons of history. They move history forward by destroying civilizations that have become decadent and weak and creating space for the rise of new civilizations which are healthy and strong.