Governments can only survive if the masses accept them as the legitimate authority for their survival. Fear and Wisdom compete for a place with knaves and others.

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Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1513.  “Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.” The great philosopher David Hume recognized that the opinions that support government receive their force from “other principles,” among which he includes fear, but these other principles are “the secondary, not the original principles of government.”

 

 

 

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What do these two groups have in common? Why a Shakespearean sonnet after all. Sonnets, more on the way.

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Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments.

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Love is not love. Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no; it is an ever-fixed  mark, That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;  It is the star to every wandering bark,  Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks. Within his bending sickle’s compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.