Niccolò Machiavelli on Presidency of Donald J Trump

From The Cave and the Light, by Arthur Herman. Chapter 16: Aristotle, Machiavelli, and the Paradoxes of Liberty History teaches us what human beings are like in reality rather than what we would like them to be. And when we deal with the sum total of history’s record, high-minded ideals like those of Plato’s Philosopher […]



I first observed it in Amsterdam, relaxing in friend’s motorboat as we pottered around town and out into the countryside south of the city. It must have been 2009 or 10. All afternoon, lying back in the bow, I watched plane after plane laying down white trails in a blue sky — trails which twisted like […]