Machiavelli’s Art of the Double Cross

The 16th-century Italian diplomat and philosopher, Niccolo Machiavelli, wrote the political treatise “The Prince.” In the book, he advocates for the use of brute force and deceit, as well as engaging in immoral acts to acquire and keep political power. More notably, Machiavelli is known for his view that the end justifies the means and that it’s better to be feared than loved, if not both. Donald Trump wrote the book “The Art of the Deal”; you can say that Machiavelli wrote the book “The Art of the Double Cross.”