Maxiavelli: I concede, Last Post


I concede: Politics is a rotten game
For years, I have been hearing people saying that Politics is dirty and I have always retorted that Politics is not dirty, most politicians are. But today I concede: politics is dirty - I mean, the art of government per se is not dirty; but the activities politicians (and governments) choose to engage in are.

Most politicians lack morals; and because they lack morals, the world is in the beautiful state it is. For example, after the WWI and WWII the West decided that it hadn't had enough of conflicts (regardless of the reasons behind the decisions taken) and, thus, decided to play with other people's land, history, traditions and identity. Indeed, the Kurds lost their land; the Jews lost nearly 80% of its historical homeland; Indians lost Pakistan and Bangladesh...and the world didn't get any better because of this, au contraire.
Of course, the nations involved in the political chess game never admitted to their mistakes and, since the world looked up to them to be led by them, they simply continued playing with people's lives in Africa, in Latin-America, in Asia...
By this time, dear reader, you must be thinking "Don't say I didn't tell you so, Maxiavelli!"...yes, yes, yes...you told me. But, I am a politicoholic.

Politicians have been allowed to play for far too long. Enough.
Politics has been wallowing in the oily mud for far too long. Time to bathe.
Parents spend half their time teaching their children that they must always prefer the truth; that if they need to manipulate they must do it with honour; that the Light is always better than Darkness (although sometimes we may have to walk through the Valley of the Shadows). Yet their efforts are made redundant when politicians disauthorise them by teaching their children, by example, that lying is the only way to succeed; that honour is démodé and that Darkness is the right path.

I concede: Iran is not ready to change
The Iranian charm offensive did not impress me. President Rouhani's mild rhetoric did not inspire confidence. Iran's deal with the West is just a way of entertaining the US, France, Britain and Germany while the nuclear programme proceeds (under a different shape). However, I believed that we could work with Iran given their cold pragmatism (a characteristic I identify with); but, after observing Persia's revolutionary regime, I concede: Iran is neither as cold nor as pragmatic as I thought it was - go ahead, Supreme Leader, call me "roguish, filthy, rabid dog" if you wish; but know that those words are proof of political fear...

Iran is not ready to change - and I am not talking about the fact that Ayatollah Khamenei felt it wise to instruct his negotiators to tell the West that Iran doesn't intend to "change one iota" from its nuclear rights (as I pen down these words I smirk before the Iranian predictability and public confession). Iran is not prepared to change because while it stresses the existence of a divide between Sunnis and Shiites, it works with the Sunnis to destabilise global security. The Revolutionary Guards are known, in some circles, for financially supporting Sunni elements (including members of the several Palestinian Terror Groups) in order to attack Western & Israeli targets all over the world.
So, I definitely capitulate: we cannot work with Iran. And since we cannot work with Persia, we should not allow it to have nuclear weapons; lest they supply Hezbollah, Hamas, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (and even Al-Qaeda if they decide to expand their foreign policy strategies) with nuclear material to commit terrorist acts against the very same people who are giving them preeminence in a silver plate.
To be proficient in the art of disinformation is diplomatically desirable. To be proficient in the art of dissimulation is worthy of a fraud.

And with this capitulation, Maxiavelli bids farewell. This post is the last one of the series: thank you ever so much for having followed my Machiavellian thoughts.

Before leaving you, my devoted readers, I would like to wish חנוכה שמח (Happy Hanukkah) to the Jewish People around the world; and Happy Thanksgiving to the American People.

Comments

  1. you're right Max politics as the way they're being practiced, are not true (for a true cause at least), have real huge number of misinformed people, are too much lobbyist permissive, and most of times don't treat the citizens as an end. In a Macro scenario, we can discuss if it is right for a country or a restrict group of it can be self entitled to rule others (that is domination for power and control) in the name of a certain concept of freedom (what is freedom today?). Of course i can't accept the fact of extremism or radical postures of constant threat and menace, being held and considered as a way to leverage an agenda, country, faith whatsoever; I continue with the position of education as a long term way to get people aware to balance society and within a 20 year run we would see such efforts turn to results.

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    1. Hey Gallardo :D!

      In summa, most politicians are in it to make a buck and not to serve the people and fight for a true cause.
      By a democratic principle, that nation or "restrict group" of people was mandated by the electorate; but the question is: what happens when they go astray from the mandate? Who will be held accountable?

      Education is important however it does not solve the problem per se. How many educated people, do we have in our society that, do not make use of their intellect?

      Gallardo, outstanding comment for which I thank you a million times :D. Always a pleasure.

      Cheers

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    2. Hey Max let me just add a question: what if the electorate hasn't the proper information (i.e. are miseducated for civism, perhaps on purpose) and select their leaders mostly just as if was a contest or a reality show??? --------------------------------- for instance voting should be compulsory and people should have instruction on governance and civism ---- of course this doesn't solve the problem as a whole, but yet can add more to a strategy of truth and dignity for what politics represent. all the best Gallardo

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  2. Phew, for a minute I thought you were going to stop publishing! Don't do that to us, Max!
    Politicians are a disappointment as far as I'm concerned, and not just today. Iran is BSing us all and we are falling for it. It was disgusting to see them politicians hugging and kissing in celebration of a entrapment!

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      LOL no, I wouldn't do that to you. It's the Maxiavelli series that is leaving while it is ahead ;).
      We never know why they were celebrating...Iran was celebrating for one thing and the West was celebrating for another: now the chess game commences; know what I mean?

      Anon, thank you so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  3. The political criticism is superb! Looking at the political balance sheet we can't help but asking ourselves if it was all worth it; was it and if yes, for whom? We have a lot of atonement to make. I feel sorry for the Curds though, they lost their land and have to be bullied around by four different countries...way to go, Britain!
    The Sunni/Shiite promiscuity is not surprising cause to me they are all the same. At the end of the day it is us vs them, but tell the left that! Thanks for your wishes, Max and likewise.

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    1. Hi Peter :D!

      I am glad you liked it *bowing*. For them but certainly not for their "victims". Britain has expressed its regret to India but it hasn't expressed its regret to Israel, to the Curds, so forth and so forth....
      I understand where you are coming from.

      Thank you *bowing*.

      Peter, thanks a million times for your great comment :D.

      Cheers



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  4. I am glad that this will be your last post on this series. I look forward to reading whatever you have in store for us from that Maxiavellian mind.

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    1. Hi Rummy :D!

      Ah, for a minute you thought I was going to stop writing all together, huh? I wouldn't do that :)
      LOL LOL thank you, my friend *bowing*. Stay tuned!

      Rummy, thanks for your comment and support :D.

      Cheers

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  5. Perhaps Maxiavelli will move on to the History of Florence? Or maybe the Art of War.

    I think you are throwing in the towel too quickly on politics: Politics is like technology, language, art, etc. It is morally neutral. Aristotle said that Political Science is the science of the human soul. It can be used for good or evil.

    The perspective from the Bible is that politics is a mirror into the soul of a people. In a Democratic society, this is true to the extreme.

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    1. Hi Looney :D!

      The Art of War for sure ;).

      You may be right, perhaps I am throwing in the towel too quickly...I will think about Aristotle's take on Political Science: is he right, is he wrong? If it can be used for both good and evil (meaning that it can keep the balance of things); if it were used more for good than for evil would it create a disequilibrium?

      Which kind of democratic society? Democracy has many faces...as souls do, I suppose :)

      Looney, outstanding comment: thank you ever so much :D.

      Cheers

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    2. As the Greeks describe it, when Democracy is only in the times after freedom has just been obtained. It is at this time that the people rejoice and Democracy is for the good. Then it slowly degenerates. The particulars of Democracy would not be deemed significant by the ancient Greeks, rather the character that it produces in a people over time. Our government schools emphasized the differences in particulars between our Democracy and that of the Greeks, but they taught us exactly nothing about what the Greeks determined was the lesson regarding character.

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    3. Looney,

      I see; so democracy is for the good when the people rejoices and, bad when the people "cries" nonetheless desirable - I can understand that. Democracy is like a parent: it may give you what you need (which many times makes you cry) but not always what you want (which makes you rejoice).

      Thank you for answering my question :).

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  6. Olá Max!

    When I read the title of this post in my inbox I thought you may have gone mad! What a fright!
    Who on earth told you that politicians were rotten? We should kick their butts right now hahaha ;-) Darling, our livelihood depends on politics so don't you dare conceding! But truth be told, I am waiting for politics to change cause it has been hijacked by jackals.
    Iran doesn't fool me either; nor does the West because I really think both sides are up to something but hey, our leftist comrades are happy about the deal and live under the illusion that Iran has changed that peace is finally here and that Israel has been slapped in the face...

    Do not frighten me like that again!

    Tchau

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    1. Olá Celeste :D!

      LOL I know, I know...
      LOL many people say it and even invoke that reason not to vote. Sometimes I feel like doing just that: kick their butts.
      You are right: politics, unfortunately, has been hijacked by opportunists.

      Let them live under that illusion for a while...

      I won't, darling.

      Celeste, thank you ever so much for your great comment :D.

      Cheers

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  7. The balance of power is shifting in the ME. Iran may be ready to play a counter Sunni role prposed by the West. I suspect this deal is a way of countering Sunni terrorism as well, though everybody is focusing on the economic benefits of the deal.

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    1. Hi Louis :D!

      It is shifting, indeed. A counter-Sunni role? Hmmm, I hadn't thought of that. No wonder Saudi Arabia is upset *nodding*.

      Louis, thank you so much for your outstanding comment. I will definitely think about it :D.

      Cheers

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    1. Hi Shawn :D!

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      Anyway, thanks for having dropped by :D.

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  9. And after this the dirty politicos who oh so much were following Maxiavelli would raise a toast to bid adieu to atleast one of their critics and make merry at the cost of the people, which since time immemorial they have nurtured and just improved on and on and with regard to politicos I think your first 3 lines very aptly sums it all and I liked the way you ended with Iran. Is it reconciliation or just the balance of nature where time is the eternal healer. But as they say all good/bad things come to an end, and with this optimistic note, we would definitely wait to read your nexts.

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    1. Hi Kalyan :D!

      LOL LOL LOL yeah, they must be dancing on Maxiavelli's grave! LOL *nodding*.
      K, stay tuned for what is coming soon.

      My friend, thank you so much for your outstanding comment :D.

      Cheers

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  10. "To be proficient in the art of disinformation is diplomatically desirable. To be proficient in the art of dissimulation is worthy of a fraud." totally agreed.
    Louis gave a good idea, maybe that's the idea of the whole deal? Politicians are cool people until they're not. We need them cause I wouldn't want to run a country and I sure wouldn't want anarchy to be installed in my country; so let them do it! All we can do is monitor their actions and denounce them when they steal from us. I know, I know, I am being too optimistic ;-) lol

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    1. Hi Adam :D!

      Louis gave a brilliant idea. I don't know, I have to think about it first. lol Fair enough.
      No, you are not being too optimistic at all...you are being realistic ;).

      Adam, thank you so so much for your great comment :D.

      Cheers

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  11. Politics may very well be a rotten game but admit it, Max, you are addicted to it. Your Maxiavellian mind won't let you be and soon you will be back to us...it's beyond your control :-)
    "Iran is not ready to change"...regime? Not yet. But eventually, as the people grows more discontent, it will and I think the Iranian leadership has realized it already. I sense next year, as the deal kicks off, we will live interesting times. Stay tuned, girl!

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    1. Hi Ana :D!

      ROFL...I am addicted to it. Like I said, I am a politicoholic :).
      Was I talking about the regime? *smirk* Nevertheless, I like what you said about people being discontent; so...I'll be crossing my fingers.
      LOL I will stay tuned.

      Ana, thank you so much for your fabulous comment :D. Always a pleasure.

      Cheers

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  12. The ICC should prosecute Michel Djotodia and his Seleka buddies for crimes against humanity. What they caused in CAR is outrageous! The situation there is nears the same as Rwanda's in the 90's and we cannot sit idly watching Muslims killing Christians and vice-versa. France is going there to impose order and security, I hope it succeeds for the well being of the CAR population. Thanks for helping to creating awareness about the situation there, Max.

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    1. Hi Joseph :D!

      Well said.
      You are most welcome.

      Joseph, thank you for your comment on the thought of the week :D.

      Cheers

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