Liberty, Prudence, Imperfection, and Law

Posts tagged ‘Discourses on Livy I’

"Angry mob of four" by Robert Couse-Baker - Flickr: angry mob.

Discourses on Livy: I.57-60

I.57–60 Continuing with his discussion of the relationship between the nobility and the common people, Machiavelli notes that an impassioned and well-organized mob is virtually irresistible…

Cincinnatus leaves the plow by Juan Antonio Ribera, 1806

Discourses on Livy: I.34-36

I.34–36 The Roman Republic had several fascinating political institutions, including the occasional offices of “dictator” and “decemvir.” In times of military crisis, a dictator would be…