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View Diary: Daily Kos Political Book Club: "The Prince" (40 comments)

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  •  "It is Beter to Be Feared than Loved" (0+ / 0-)
    •  The full quote: (2+ / 0-)
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      Limelite, esquimaux
      Upon this a question arises: whether it be better to be loved than feared or feared than loved? It may be answered that one should wish to be both, but, because it is difficult to unite them in one person, is much safer to be feared than loved, when, of the two, either must be dispensed with. Because this is to be asserted in general of men, that they are ungrateful, fickle, false, cowardly, covetous, and as long as you succeed they are yours entirely; they will offer you their blood, property, life and children, as is said above, when the need is far distant; but when it approaches they turn against you. And that prince who, relying entirely on their promises, has neglected other precautions, is ruined; because friendships that are obtained by payments, and not by greatness or nobility of mind, may indeed be earned, but they are not secured, and in time of need cannot be relied upon; and men have less scruple in offending one who is beloved than one who is feared, for love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.

      Machiavelli goes on to say that while it is safer (not necessarily better) to be feared than loved, the prince must take great pains to make sure he is not hated.

      •  Actually, I came across this dreck (2+ / 0-)
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        Limelite, melpomene1

        from Right Wing News, on the "better to be feared than loved" quote, which spectacularly misses the point, because he misses that point which I mentioned up above: whilst it is better to be feared than loved, it is worse to be hated.

        And far too many of America's actions in the Middle East have made it hated, not feared.

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