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13 - States, Parties, and Expertise

from II - Media Explosion, Knowledge as Power, and Demographic Reversals

Summary

The first opinion that is formed of a ruler’s intelligence is based on the quality of the men he has around him. When they are competent and loyal he can always be considered wise … . But when they are otherwise, the prince is always open to adverse criticism. … [A]s for how a prince can assess his minister, here is an infallible guide: when you see a minister thinking more of himself than of you, and seeking his own profit in everything he does, such a one will never be a good minister, you will never be able to trust him.

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