"[T]here is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.  For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order."
Niccolo Machiavelli
(1469-1527) Italian Statesman and Political Philosopher
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Very true.
 -- jitaendra, gurgaon, India     
    " By associating themselves with auxiliaries whose objects differed from their own; and this association, which is always dangerous. " Machiavelli was a Republican as also his Father. It is strange how the democratic party clings to Machiavelli for wisdom, but only to deceive the opposition. In the end it is the people versus the banks. One star for being correct.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    Why Hitler had to cleanse his own party in the night of the long knife. No party anywhere is pure.
     -- cal, Lewisville, tx     
    Then there would be no secure core ? It is not the party but the welcoming of all for Liberty and Freedom, with not a party but philosophy of seeking after that which good is ! First works ! Semper Fi. In Amen.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    Just goes to show that the 'new world order' is nothing but the 'old world order' 21st century style. Any order that protects the same old oligarchy is not 'new.' We have been under their thumb for a long time, only now are enough people waking up to make a difference -- expect many enemies of 'reform.'
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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