December 27, 2008

Saint Nick

"Those who condemn the quarrels between the nobles
and the plebs seem to be cavilling at the very things that
were the primary cause of Rome retaining her freedom,
and that they pay more attention to the noise and clamor
resulting from such commotions than to what resulted
from them, i.e., to the good effects which they produced.
Nor do they realize that in every republic there are two
different dispositions, that of the populace and that of the
upper class and that all legislation favorable to liberty is
brought about by the clash between them."

Nicoló Machiavelli

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