“Modern politics is rife with examples of Machiavellian thought. If Machiavelli were alive today, would he be a liberal or conservative? A libertarian or fascist? Why?”
I think if Machiavelli were alive today, he would be a conservative. Why? For one thing, I don’t know of many liberals who would advise giving your people guns, at least not in today’s society. Further, it seems he leans toward a fascist stance. Perhaps I have my definitions wrong, but it seems he leans more towards giving the power to the people, but only so long as they show potential for it. He also seems to think that being a long time ruler is directly linked to your standing with the people, suggesting the idea that to stay in power you must keep the people happy.
Please feel free to comment your thoughts below! I’m curious to know what others’ thoughts are!