by Niccolò Machiavelli
The Prince Chapter 24 Summary
Why Italian rulers have lost their states
- These rules are a quick-start guide to ruling a kingdom. In just a few short years, you, too, can have all the prestige of a well-established ruler. Plus, people will love you more because they will be extra surprised that you didn't fail—just like people are amazed when babies do anything.
- Enough of that. Let's talk about why Italy has been failing so hard recently.
- We all know why. What is Machiavelli's number one rule? Have a strong army. What haven't they had? Any kind of decent army at all. Yet they are whining about how they lost their states because of "bad luck."
- It's not luck, people. You should have been training an army.
- Mr. Machiavelli gets himself pretty worked up about this.
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