Friday, October 12, 2007

Machiavelli's Six Conditions

Jeff Nyquist regularly brings needed perspective to his readers. Linked here is another must-read column, included with but a brief excerpt to tantalize your perspicacity.

MACHIAVELLI'S SIX CONDITIONS
by J. R. Nyquist, Weekly Column, 10-12-2007

... Here lies the argument of the coming war. It is an argument that will be settled by the mass use of biological and nuclear weapons. For you cannot destroy a power as great as America, or eradicate its memory, without resorting to ultimate weapons. The reason that the Russians, Chinese, Iranians and others put such stock in nuclear weapons is obvious. These are the only weapons that promise to destroy the Americans. Therefore, history necessarily follows a logical path.

The era dominated by American power and the American dollar isn’t going to last. The knives are out and the victim cannot escape. In the long run, something catches you by the heels. We all die. And that goes for nations as well as individuals. The student of history may predict what follows, as a matter of historical logic. The planet will descend into war and dictatorship. Even here in North America we have no assurance that freedom will be prevail. In the last twenty-five centuries of recorded history we find brief periods of republican-type government and much longer periods of monarchy and rule by warlords. Freedom is not the usual state of mankind. As Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote more than two centuries ago: “Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.” ...


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