The Libertarianism of Machiavelli

Lipton Matthews has an incredibly interesting interview with Jo Ann Cavallo from the Department of Italian at Columbia University. Contrary to what you (and I) were taught in school, Machiavelli is not the ruthless supporter of tyranny that he is projected to be, but rather a strong proponent of personal liberties and favored little to no government intervention in the everyday life of the people. I became a fan of Machiavelli after first reading a translation of The Prince years ago (which is not what people made it out to be), but this interview and new information on him blew me out of the water. Nothing that he says or supports is particularly novel for a free person with a strong hold on personal liberties, but I was astonished at how bad his reputation compared to what he’s actually talking about!

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