“Machiavelli: The Prince – The Common Sense of Politics” (A Documentary)
“Rivers are not to be trusted, neither are men —
but both can often be controlled, given intelligence, and power
and the willingness to get your hands dirty”
A 49 minute documentary, on Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (May 3rd 1469 — June 21st 1527) author of a short political treatise, iL Principe (a.k.a. “The Prince”) written in 1513 and, addressed to the ruling power at the time, (but not published until 1532). This documentary, depicts the treatise in general, with thoughts by Henry Kissinger, Gary Hart and Robert Harriman, (among others) and, is a controversial study, on the Art of Politics … which contemporaries have dubbed “The Common Sense of Politics.” In 1512, de Medici, was restored to power and Machiavelli, a Florentine public official, fell from his favor and was exiled to the countryside. In exile, he wrote the treatise and presented it to de Medici, hoping to regain favor, (but his effort failed).