“Although frequently damned as an amoral cynic – author of 'a handbook for gangsters,' in Bertrand Russell's words – Machiavelli in fact occupies a more complicated ethical terrain. His central claim is that politics has a moral logic of its own, at times requiring actions to preserve the state that might be regarded as reprehensible within polite society. There are times, in other words, when conventional ethics must be set aside for the pragmatic and expedient dictates of (what would later become known as) raison d'etat or 'reasons of state.'”
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