Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli — Machiavelli and Oligarchic Democracy

Machiavelli wrote that when we are trying to understand politics and the history of human societies, much can be explained in terms of the eternal conflict between two fundamental desires. One is the desire of the grandi - that is, the super-rich and the super-powerful - to protect their wealth and power, and to accumulate more wealth and power. The other is the desire of ordinary citizens - that is, anyone who is not super-rich or super-powerful - to live in peace and freedom without being subjected to the predatory activities of the grandi. As stressed by John McCormick, Machiavelli thought that the predatory tendencies of oligarchs were the gravest threat to the liberty and well-being of ordinary people.
Machiavelli and Oligarchic DemocracyLorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout | Op-Ed

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