Virtue and Fortune: Is Machiavelli Still Relevant Today?

image from: A Machiavellian Opera for Trump-Era Issues of Truth and Lies — The New York Times (nytimes.com)

The strategies advocated by Niccolò Machiavelli need not only apply to rulers, political affairs and war. There is at the bottom of all success, a way by which it is seized and maintained, either by that of our own hands, or that of chance. Understood broadly, it is these central themes that occur within ‘The Prince’ that I wish to discuss, namely, ‘Virtue’, which I will describe generally as…