You still have the powerful 1% which govern the 99%, or, as I called them in my day, “the mob.”
The way I put it in The Prince: “All men will only see what you seem to be; only a few will know who you are, and those few will not dare to oppose the many who have the majesty of the state on their side to defend them….For the mob is always impressed by appearances and by results; and the world is composed of the mob.”5
WHY AM I HERE?
I stopped by to remind you where your modern thinking comes from. You don’t call them princes, you call them governors, but they will soon be saying: “What are you thinking? We can’t decriminalize anything. We’re certainly not going to let an entire generation of black men out of prison because of a little thing like overly harsh drug penalties, are we?”
Remember, it was me who said: “I say that every Prince ought to wish to be considered kind rather than cruel. Nevertheless, a Prince must be indifferent to the charge of cruelty if he is to keep his subjects loyal and united.”
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