Monday, November 23, 2009
The Prince, according to Machiavelli
Reading the first political science book ever. A little narrow in scope. Preachy to a degree. Very in-conformation with my views about military tactics and stuff, echoes many of the things in Art of War, things which are obvious to anyone who gives sufficient thought to the problems and situations. Nag says there's a small book called Machiavelli for Managers. I can see the reason; this book is itself filled with double negatives, iterations and such literary devices, or perhaps that is the characteristic of the translator, the fact remains, however, that the book's content is enough to build a lot many treatises and the like out of. Lots (and lots) of adjectives. He says a prince shouldn't try and undercut others in money; I agree. If you got none of your own, spend wisely, if you're getting money from others (especially through not very legal or moral means), keep none of it. Makes sense. Next: Chapter Seventeen onwards. Got a class to go to.