By Louis Althusser
Notwithstanding in basic terms showing as an occasional reference within the Marxist philosopher’s oeuvre, Machiavelli was once an unseen consistent presence. including Spinoza and Marx, Machiavelli was once a veritable Althusserian ardour. Machiavelli and Us unearths why, and should be welcomed for the sunshine it sheds at the richly advanced considered its writer.
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15 Taken 36 MACHIAVELLI AND US directly from Polybius, it is a theory of the necessary cycle human history endlessly undergoes in passing from one form of government to another; a theory of the cycle - and no longer a typology - of governments, categorized under two rubrics: the good and the bad. Here is the cycle (I summarize its essentials). '[I]n the beginning of the world . . ' Human beings are 'few', 'scattered like beasts'. ' This was 'the era of combination into society'. Conflicts immediately arose between men, who 'set about making laws in order to avoid similar evils'.
Here is the cycle (I summarize its essentials). '[I]n the beginning of the world . . ' Human beings are 'few', 'scattered like beasts'. ' This was 'the era of combination into society'. Conflicts immediately arose between men, who 'set about making laws in order to avoid similar evils'. ' This was the first form of government: monarchy (1). I open a parenthesis to make two observations. The first is to underscore the thesis, seemingly unimportant when stated in passing, that at the origin of all governments (and, before them, every society) we find chance, which we cannot but relate to fortune in some way.
In effect, Machiavelli pretends to instruct rulers. But if he claims merely to state the facts, to provide an account of their actual practice, then what can he teach them that they do not already know? Rulers have always managed on their own, and they do not need a Machiavelli. Indeed, they can only be terribly inconvenienced by this intruder who confesses their shameful conduct and makes their secret practices public. As we examine this unusual text, the suspicion then arises that this private individual, who publicly instructs rulers in the art of dissimulation and guile in the government of men, is actually governing rulers by another cunning twist which, like Pascal's twist to madness, imparts to it the most innocent air in the world.
Machiavelli and Us by Louis Althusser