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Harper's Folly

Warning: Canadian content (so, relatively polite language), immature subject matter (politics), no nudity, and anti-violence.


It's diabolical when ...

.... you use our tricks against us!



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God's gift to ....

.. Canadian politics

(with apologies to Michelangelo and God)

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The Regressive Conservative Party of Canada

What's in a name?
That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet."
--From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

What's in a name?
That which we call a Reform-er
By any other word would act as bigot.

The Reform Party of Canada became the Alliance became the "Progressive" Conservatives (in a deceptive coup). Throughout this blog, I shall employ the more accurate appellation Regressive Conservative.

Stephen Harper, All-American Boy

Machiavelli. Thomas Babington Macaulay. 1909-14. English Essays: Sidney to Macaulay. The Harvard Classics

Machiavelli. Thomas Babington Macaulay. 1909-14. English Essays: Sidney to Macaulay. The Harvard Classics: "It is indeed scarcely possible for any person, not well acquainted with the history and literature of Italy, to read without horror and amazement the celebrated treatise which has brought so much obloquy on the name of Machiavelli. Such a display of wickedness, naked yet not ashamed, such cool, judicious, scientific atrocity, seemed rather to belong to a fiend than to the most depraved of men. Principles which the most hardened ruffian would scarcely hint to his most trusted accomplice, or avow, without the disguise of some palliating sophism, even to his own mind, are professed without the slightest circumlocution, and assumed as the fundamental axioms of all political science."

Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli: "Among the most original thinkers of the Renaissance is a brilliant and slightly tragic figure, Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527). Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, his name would be synonymous with deviousness, cruelty, and willfully destructive rationality; no thinker was every so demonized or misunderstood than Machiavelli. The source of this misunderstanding is his most influential and widely read treatise on government, The Prince, a remarkably short book that attempts to lay out methods to secure and maintain political power."

The Italian Niccolo Machiavelli had long career in government and was a philosopher, musician, poet, and playwright. He lived in Florence during the end of the middle ages. Machiavelli wrote his most famous work, The Prince in 1513, dedicating it to the powerful and wealthy Lorenzo De Medici.

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Machiavelli: The Prince: Contents

Machiavelli: The Prince: Contents: "How A Prince Should Conduct Himself As To Gain Renown"


Machiavelli: "It is this focus on practical success by any means, even at the expense of traditional moral values, that earned Machiavelli's scheme a reputation for ruthlessness, deception, and cruelty."