Although the light of over four centuries has been focused on The Prince, its problems are still debatable and interesting, because they are the eternal problems between the ruled and their rulers.... The Prince is bestrewn with truths that can be proved at every turn. Men are still the dupes of their simplicity and greed, as they were in the days of Alexander VI. The cloak of religion still conceals the vices which Machiavelli laid bare in the character of Ferdinand II of Aragon. Men will not look at things as they really are, but as they wish them to be - and are ruined. In politics there are no perfectly safe courses; prudence consists in choosing the least dangerous ones. Then - to pass to a higher plane - Machiavelli reiterates that, although crimes may win an empire, they do not win glory.... Machiavelli always refused to write either of men or of governments otherwise than as he found them, and he writes with such a skill and insight that his work is of abiding value. But what invests The Prince with more than a merely artistic or historical interest is the incontrovertible truth that it deals with the great principles which still guide nations and rulers in their relationship with each other and their neighbors.
Original title: The Prince
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