TO PEACE THROUGH WAR: Machiavelli and the Survival of the State

RICARDO JASSO HUEZO

Key to approach Machiavelli is to understand his conception of man. “[…] [M]en are wretched creatures […]. […] [S]o simple, and so much creatures of circumstance […].” “[…] All men are evil and they will always act according to the wickedness of their nature whenever they have the opportunity.” Therefore, in view of such an inevitable, permanent factor, he who deals with the task of ordering a group of men has to work with this raw material of imperfection. The way to model it is by means of power and deception, by forcing this rational, selfish being to act according to the desires of its ruler. … More TO PEACE THROUGH WAR: Machiavelli and the Survival of the State