Saturday, September 11, 2021

Machiavelli’s Impossible Advice

“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 the republican leaders can identify the sons of Brutus and kill them. No dictator, no group of republican leaders, can achieve this feat. Brutus and his sons are not a few people. They are a legion. They are unlimited men. They cannot be suppressed. The fate of every dictatorship and every republican nation (or a democracy) is to decline and fall. Brutus and his sons are the tools of history. Their purpose is to ensure that no civilization lasts forever.

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