A *Prince* for modern times
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By jank - Last updated: Thursday, August 21, 2003 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Some guy named Carne Lord (mmm, meat) has “re-written”:http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/partner?partner_id=27398&cgi=product&isbn=0300100078 Machievelli’s “*The Prince*”:http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/partner?partner_id=27398&cgi=product&isbn=0451527461 for modern times. The WSJ “reviews”:http://www.opinionjournal.com/la/?id=110003912 the book today, and there are a couple of decent points to be made in the review, at least enough to make me interested in reading the book.

bq. _Borrowing from Plato and Aristotle, Mr. Lord warns that “the people” can be a fickle lot and that often their will and the rule of law are at odds with each other. It is precisely to temper the passions of the people that we resort to representative rather than direct democracy. Such a form of government, in turn, imposes an obligation on our elected leaders–not merely to follow public opinion but to shape it._

I’m kind of interested in how public discussion on this is going to play out. The recall in California immediately springs to mind, raising the question of the wisdom of letting the people be able to run the government in a version of mob rule. Eventually, the mob will realize that it can vote to give itself money.

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