In my view, our founding fathers (Jefferson and the gang) incorporated many of Machiavelli’s basic concepts into American psyche, directly or indirectly as I have described above. Admittedly, he is “kick ass” in many ways, but like Sun Tzu’s The Art of War (yes, there are two Arts of War), look not at just the overt, but the underlying currents ofstatements about politics, businessand ethics in general. A founding father figure,like Washington in our country’s case, is needed, according to Machiavelli, to perform excessive and notable executions to refresh people;s memories. Machiavelli said, “Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations. Bottom line for me as I take liberties with hisintentas I have now switched to the Italianequivalent of banana pudding, namely tiramisu (hmmmm.); itis always easier to hate a group and its dogma than a person, especially when you can sit down with them and have a cup of coffee or tea and just talk…and then be able to make a statement like one of my favorite philosophers, Will Rogers, “I bet you if I had met him and had a chat with him, I would have found him a very interesting and human fellow, for I never yet met a man that I didn’t like.” I believe he was speaking of Leon Trotsky, so go figure!
I always come back to God and “Mac the knife” said this profoundly about that.”God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.”so wrote,Machiavelli.Hickey