Was Machiavelli a cunt?

There’s this beautiful series of 20 books called ‘Great Ideas’ published by Penguin. These are the two I have: And one of the others in the series is The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli. Now, when you think of ‘Machiavellian’ you think of: cunning; exploitative; manipulative; brazen; heartless; wanton; deceptive, or evil. …

Binding change

Occasionally we hear of customs, practices, laws or traditions that surprise, shock or even sicken us. I’m thinking of things like Japanese whaling, women not being allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia or genital mutilation in Afghanistan. So things like these being (a) out of our jurisdiction and (b) out of …

It’s just a _____.

When some thing of ours breaks or gets destroyed, there’s usually two ways to look at it: The first way’s to look at it solely from our own blinkered point of view, to get fired up and pissed off, blame others and convince ourselves that yes, this is a big deal. The second …

To be honest

How did some of our language get all twisted around, bent out of shape? And how much of it is based on white lies, politeness, placating or keeping the peace? Ryan Holiday, the author of the great book I read a page of every morning, The Daily Stoic, wrote an article …