Have you ever wondered what Victor Hugo,that giant of French letters,thought of Macchiavelli?Well,in one fell swoop of his pen,the creator of the character Quasimodo diminishes the author of ''The Prince''to ''the valet of the Medici''.
Hugo,in his essays,writes:''Macchiavelli conspires.His apotheosis of kings is just the thing to make regicides.On the head of his prince he places a diadem of crimes,a tiara of vices,a halo of baseness.''
Of course,leaders like David Cameron,Angela Merkel,Nicholas Sarkozy and Barack Obama might just take Macchiavelli with a proverbial pinch of salt,as most of his advice might be considered draconian and sinister in today's world.It is possible,though,that in some countries like China,North Korea and Zimbabwe,the leaders still worship gleefully at the shrine of Macchiavelli.
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