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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

The Media Cover-Up on Machiavelli – and its Meaning

August 5, 2017 --

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens mentioned Machiavelli in his July 22 column as follows: “Wasn’t it Machiavelli—or some other Italian with a similar-sounding name—who said ‘it is much safer to be feared then loved’”?

But the media seem to avoid – as a vampire avoids daylight -- the Machiavelli observation previously noted by LPR -- here repeated: “It shall be borne in mind that there is nothing more difficult to manage, or more doubtful of success, or more dangerous to handle, than to take the lead in introducing a new order of things. For the innovator has enemies in all who are doing well under the old order, and he has only lukewarm defenders in all those who would do well under the new order.

Why does the media avoid this Machiavelli observation to explain the avalanche of leftist opposition to the Trump presidency? This explanation clearly strikes too close to home, making it apparent that the war on the Trump presidency is, essentially, a class war, a war by the older order on those it views as unwashed, undeserving, deplorable.

To cite Machiavelli’s observation that the old order will respond with “partisan zeal” to a reformer would be to recognize the political reality that the war on the Trump presidency is really a war to maintain government of the few and by the few – made possible by pummelling the many.

But were the Democrat Party to acknowledge the relevancy of Machiavelli to its opposition to President Trump, it likely would have to acknowledge, too, Hamilton’s observation in Federalist No. 1 that demagogues court the people for the purpose of becoming tyrants.

So consumed is the left by its quest to regain political power, it does not stop to consider that the war on the Trump presidency is seen, in Redland, as war on the will of the people.

The “Better Deal” that the left has now come up with amounts to a declaration: “Come vote for us, the better that we may impose our will over you.”