by Niccolò Machiavelli
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I found this book to be a rather useless pile of shit.
But I did find some bits of advice that Trump should learn, and further criteria by which to judge him poorly.
"A prince must also show himself a lover of merit, give preferment to the able, and honour those who excel in every art."
"The choice of a prince's ministers is a matter of no little importance; they are either good or not according to the prudence of the prince. The first impression that one gets of a ruler and of his brains is from seeing the men that he has about him. When they are competent and faithful one can always consider him wise, as he has been able to recognise their ability and keep them faithful. But when they are the reverse, one can always form an unfavourable opinion of him, because the first mistake that he makes is in making this choice."
"he ought to be a great asker, and a patient hearer of the truth about those things of which he has inquired"
"It is an infallible rule that a prince who is not wise himself cannot be well advised."
"Nothing does so much honour to a newly-risen man than the new laws and measures which he introduces. These things, when they are well based and have greatness in them, render him revered and admired."
"The prince must avoid those things which will make him hated or despised . . . and so contrive that his actions show grandeur, spirit, gravity, and fortitude."
So, Trump's even already utterly failed at being an autocrat.
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