The Politician pp 139-141 | Cite as

The politician’s better angel

  • Nick Machiavelli


Believe it or not, politicians have the capacity to do genuine good, unconnected to self-serving purposes. Indeed, much of the moral progress of the last two centuries was due to the actions of politicians—the end of slavery in the British Empire and the United States, the collapse of communism in Russia, the end of apartheid in South Africa, not to mention the rights movements around the world (on behalf of women, children, gays, and people of color). All such changes required superior political leadership, but they did not occur without a price being paid—a political price that in some cases is still being paid.

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  • Nick Machiavelli
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherFlorenceItaly

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