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    John O'Rourke

    John O’Rourke began his career as a reporter at The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. He has worked as a producer at World Monitor, a coproduction of the Christian Science Monitor and the Discovery Channel, and NBC News, where he was a producer for several shows, including Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie CouricNBC Nightly News, and The Today Show. John has won many awards, including four Emmys, a George Foster Peabody Award, and five Edward R. Murrow Awards. Profile

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There are 15 comments on Machiavelli’s The Prince: Still Relevant after All These Years

  1. Governments can rule from benevolent to oppressive and everything in between whether in times of peace or war. In my opinion The Prince is still very relevant because human nature has not changed and never will. Our politics in the US is currently in hyper mode Which is not uncommon. The only guarantees are that it will change over time because a new Prince will come to power and rule. Sum times for the better, or worst. The Prince is really all about human nature!

  2. “From all I can tell, it was offered sincerely to Lorenzo de’ Medici as a kind of job application.”

    Lorenzo died twenty years before the book was written… wth?

  3. Machiavelli is as relevant today as he was in 1500. There is a change in understanding just what Machiavelli was trying to do back in 1500 CE. It was an evil time with most of those in power being evil individuals. Machiavelli saw it all, right in front of his eyes. His goal was to ensure Italy remained Italian, and all those foreign powers with their own interests and their own armed forces were to be expelled from Italy immediately. Machiavelli believed that the ‘ruin’ of Italy was imminent at the beginning of the 16th century, and princes, and republican governments of the day were being advised to use their powers and whatever means possible to save Italy from foreign domination.

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