History-Makers: Machiavelli

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If I could have a conversation with any person in History, it's Machiavelli. Easy. And I wouldn't even have to do anything, I'd just say "So, tell me about Rome" and watch the fireworks. In the meantime, I'll settle for playing Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and liberating Roma with my boy Niccolò.
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cheezemonkeyeater 16 soat oldin
Ah, the great problem of satire: if nobody realizes you're writing it, the effort is wasted. Just like J. Swift's Modest Proposal.
Anders Doktor
Anders Doktor 4 kun oldin
Like Sargon of Akkad said, "Machiavelli didn't tell you how to act, he told how power works".
Cameron Pearce
Cameron Pearce 8 kun oldin
If you're gonna be a prince be the least bad prince you can be. Until we have a political system untethered from power we at least need to make sure that the people who do end up in charge, who are often not great people, are at least invested in the success of their subjects and will compromise their own morals and goals for their subjects.
Thomas Rogers
Thomas Rogers 13 kun oldin
The prince is the ancient equivalent to the dictator's handbook.
NPLT 15 kun oldin
Machiavelli was 15th century Reddit sh*tposter then?
Elyssa me
Elyssa me 15 kun oldin
I'm sorry but why does Machiavelli looks like a big pervert
AKTIBISTA 22 kun oldin
Nakakatawa to hahaha
Michael Smyth
Michael Smyth 27 kun oldin
Great video. I began to worldbuild in 1979. Keep on the Borderlands. The writings of Machiavelli were and are a boon to this day. I recommend anyone who is going to either DM or play read at least The Prince. By the by, The Prince has a lot of useful information for those in supervision, and just dealing with folks.
Caleb Greenawalt
Caleb Greenawalt 29 kun oldin
You must be considering Enheduanna for this series
Joe Sinclair
Joe Sinclair Oy oldin
He invented the first onion article
John Weiss
John Weiss Oy oldin
Yep, I had always heard that Machiavelli wrote, "The Prince," as an example of how *not* to govern.
Last Minute Wonder
Last Minute Wonder Oy oldin
So he was a jane Austin before jane austin. He wrote a whole book for suttle digs at government.
バンジョベンジ Oy oldin
Bruh, you would have to be a full fledged idiot to read The Prince as a play-by-play on how to be a tyrant.
Bob Bob
Bob Bob Oy oldin
Gotta love the assassins creed background music for this
Cuan Chulainn
Cuan Chulainn Oy oldin
my boy LARPing in the 16th century, amazing
omarcillo060 Oy oldin
Coincidentally, I'm watching this vid on the Ides of March.
Allichi 2 oy oldin
'The Prince' was written after Machiavelli spent a significant amount of time with Pope Alexander, formerly Rodrigo Borgia, and his family. I would highly recommend the Audiobook Rise and Fall of the Borgias by William Landon as there's a whole chapter where he covers Machiavelli's relationship with the Borgias and how/why they became the inspiration. As well as why it seems he's advocating for some really negative stuff from future leaders.
Hello Central
Hello Central 2 oy oldin
Wait, did Machiavelli really write the 1st "Evil Overlord's List?"
freespiritfan fan
freespiritfan fan 2 oy oldin
Me before watching this video: Machiavelli advocated for tyrants. Me after watching this video: Machiavelli is based and the best of political writers. This video was great! I learned a lot.
Shreyas V
Shreyas V 2 oy oldin
Let's face the fact that he is just an Italian budget Chanakya.
EJStoehr 2 oy oldin
Blue is the reincarnation of Machiavelli
gill noffert
gill noffert 2 oy oldin
machiavelli would FLIP HIS SHIT at trump.. hooooo boy
Will Bezerra
Will Bezerra 2 oy oldin
DnD Ulitharid
DnD Ulitharid 2 oy oldin
Machiavelli has the most smug smile ever XD
Whatever Comes to my mind
Whatever Comes to my mind 2 oy oldin
I love The Prince. It’s very logical.
Armoured Productions
Armoured Productions 2 oy oldin
Coming back to this video after having to read it for class. I can see why he's so misunderstood because most students just read the chapters and take everything at face value and answer quiz questions. We never went over any of the Historical Context about Machiavelli's life and the times. If you just read it without knowing Ancient History or the history of the times Machiavelli lived in you won't really understand it.
BlackHatVes 3 oy oldin
There's a reason Pac called himself Machiavelli.
Adri Watergirl
Adri Watergirl 3 oy oldin
Okay, HOW IS IT THAT I GOT SUCH A BAD IMAGE OF MACHIAVELLI?!?!?! LIKE HOLY CRAP DUDE I’M SORRY I JUDGED YOU SO UNFAIRLY MAN!!! That’s Blue for this super interesting video! Keep fighting the good fight!
Lm7147 3 oy oldin
People are forgetting that, throughout 99.99 percent of history playing dirty or "immorally" was the standard of leadership. He was just analysing what made certain governments successful, and big newsflash military strategists and rulers don't usually take into account how ethical their ways are. Most if not all of the successful empires in history would have been nothing without their evil, ruthless ways. Nevermind, i watched the ending 😂my point still stands
JP Corwyn
JP Corwyn 3 oy oldin
Jesus, THANK you! I'm so tired of that misconception! Bless you, sir. :D Any chance you can sort out Hobbes for the equally confused masses? ~BlindGuy1
Nicholas Stansbery
Nicholas Stansbery 3 oy oldin
Suddenly see why he was in Assassin's creed.
Sora Kitagami
Sora Kitagami 3 oy oldin
Kazuya Souma's favorite author and book
Blessie Masancay
Blessie Masancay 3 oy oldin
0:17 the smile is wholesome but the eyes... No.
HeadCanon 3 oy oldin
So you could say The Prince was an Overly Sarcastic ̶P̶r̶o̶d̶u̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ Book?
ArtofthePossible 3 oy oldin
I recall reading a newspaper article where the politician in question is described as immoral and an opportunist (and a few others), these words being used negatively. Here's me wondering: aren't those thing praised in people these days, and especially used to describe competent politicians?
Yevgeniy Gorbachev
Yevgeniy Gorbachev 4 oy oldin
Isn't 'desperate times call for desperate measures' at least tacitly 'the ends justify the means'?
ostkreuz 4 oy oldin
very nice video, thanks :)
TheLunatic888 4 oy oldin
I wanna read his works, which translation would be the best by any chance? (for Prince and maybe Discourses with Livy if theres more than one.)
Anthony Ugarte
Anthony Ugarte 4 oy oldin
This video drove me to read The Prince, which was FANTASTIC! That then lead me to read The City of God, which bent my brain in 10 seconds and I set it down. Ouch.
Alexandra Varadi
Alexandra Varadi 4 oy oldin
Machiavelli nerding over the Roman republic IN A TOGA might just be my favorite random fact of 2020
Theturtleowl 4 oy oldin
I would describe Machiavelli as a Republic fanboy.
George Kouris
George Kouris 4 oy oldin
Great video
Patrick Rose
Patrick Rose 4 oy oldin
Good stuff. I'm a little wiser now, thank you : )
Tim McGee
Tim McGee 4 oy oldin
yeah... Cartoon history. No thanks.
Garth McRipfist
Garth McRipfist 4 oy oldin
You earned my like in the first sentence
TheZerech 4 oy oldin
This is a good video, but I think you should have at least mentioned The Art of War. Which was, unlike the Prince, published during his lifetime and received well. It's a bit of drag in certain places, but it's a fascinating analysis of classical and Renaissance warfare and an attempt to further Machiavelli's ideal of the national army, radically, and also an attempt to create an army capable of defeating France and the HRE. It's in some ways very political, cavalry/knights feature little, essentially placing military agency in the hands of citizens and farmers (like his Florentine militia before the fall of the republic). It's definitely a worthwhile read.
DTOM 4 oy oldin
So the main thing I'm getting about Machiavelli is that he was a smart guy who gets constantly misunderstood as a conniving, power-hungry schemer because people don't read they just quote. That definitely sounds like people. Thanks for the clarification Blue!
Jammiss 4 oy oldin
Your honour my client is innocent. He wrote his praise of tyranny ironically
EverythingIsStardust 5 oy oldin
This is one of my favorite of Blue's videos
CountArtha 5 oy oldin
Machiavelli: *Florence is my city*
grantdotjpg 5 oy oldin
What a nerd
Daniel B
Daniel B 5 oy oldin
Snarky sarcasm doesn't always translate well through text, we know this
Nick Malachai
Nick Malachai 5 oy oldin
So, Machiavelli misled the tone of his cover letter to make it more likely he'd get the job? Fair enough, mate. Fair enough with that.
Danish Zuhairi
Danish Zuhairi 5 oy oldin
10:36 who knew even Buddha became a Patron for this channel
Dan Guillou
Dan Guillou 5 oy oldin
Awesome rant. As a lifelong fan of Machiavelli (first read The Prince in a school library in Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington state as a teenage exchange student back in the 80s) I really feel you Blue. Your take reminds me of a lot of stuff I’ve read on unfair cheaty things not to do in rhetoric. And they always say ”We don’t tell you this so you can use it. That is BAD and you absolutely shouldn’t. We only teach this stuff so you can recognize it and defend against it.” Maybe you’re right and something like that was Machiavellis actual intention. Myself, I’ve always taken him more like ”Deep sigh. Okay. But if we’re gonna have dictatorship, can we at least have *competent* dictatorship?”
Theron Gilliland, Jr.
Theron Gilliland, Jr. 5 oy oldin
Ha! "The Prince" is the Italian version of "The Screwtape Letters"!
CommonUnity 5 oy oldin
Here from Asc Brotherhood
Kia C.
Kia C. 6 oy oldin
No one: Absolutely no one: me: OmG, HoMe iN fLoREnCe
Sifya 6 oy oldin
I am from Italy and we study Machiavelli,I can explian better why big fanboy of republic he talked in that way of prince. Machiavelli was pagmatic and wished for unification of Italy he think the best way for do it was by a strong leader,after Italy was free from other countries it could pass to republic. Also we haven't forget he was men of his time,and murder was grave like theft
laughing skull
laughing skull 6 oy oldin
this video is very accurate, ive read most of his work and love the guy
Blarrgiambrony 6 oy oldin
remember don't be so subtle that everyone confuses your sarcasm for your genuine bad beliefs. the line most parody and satire with a political commentary walks.
xhagast 6 oy oldin
After reading the Prince and the Commentaries I have no need to read any book in philosophy, politics, humanities, psychology etc. What philosophers and politicians have taught with ten thousand books you can learn from Machiavelli. Check them out. they are hysterical.
Richard Dukke draws
Richard Dukke draws 6 oy oldin
I only know him from assassins creed 2
ghostcraft9 7 oy oldin
Wait does blue only have 4 fingers
Miriam Sanzone
Miriam Sanzone 7 oy oldin
Rewatching this so I can go on a massive rant in my AP Euro class
monteparnas 7 oy oldin
I've been angry about how people treat Machiavelli since I read The Prince for the first time, about 15 years ago. Even if take as could advice, the book isn't about how anyone should do things, but about what happens when things are done in a certain way. It is science saying that if you want to be a prince, then you'll have to do it all or face the consequences. And that no amount of propaganda, lies and political clot will change what you've done.
A Poetic Cabbage
A Poetic Cabbage 7 oy oldin
Thank you for this.
jackpine7 7 oy oldin
Not you giving me a crush on machiavelli
N Marrs
N Marrs 7 oy oldin
Did you just “Nice” a 69 joke? Come on blue, too easy. You’re more clever than that. Let’s be clear I’m not offended cause it’s lewd. I’m offended cause it’s lazy.
Stakhanovites 7 oy oldin
I love how you called Machiavelli "Maki-Maki" - which is a type of sushi.
Stakhanovites 7 oy oldin
Loving the Assassin's Creed II background music... if I'm not mistaken.
Carl Mart
Carl Mart 7 oy oldin
Fucking thank you! People who say Machiavelli was some kind of political villain are as dumb as those who say that Nietzsche was a nihilist.
Sam Cajderian
Sam Cajderian 7 oy oldin
'and I'm always mad about it, let's do some GOD DAMN HISTORY' how can I not thumbs up an opening like that?
Peter Windhorst
Peter Windhorst 7 oy oldin
He also wanted Italian unification. He wrote the prince with this unsaid idea.
alexandria is okay
alexandria is okay 7 oy oldin
Come with meeee, Hail Mary! Run quick seee--oops wrong one.
Chadtronic Fan 10,001
Chadtronic Fan 10,001 7 oy oldin
Machiavelli versus Spinny-blade-wall!
kite man
kite man 7 oy oldin
On the idea that the book was intended for exposing monarchies, the only groups of people that'd find it useful in combating monarchs would be kind hearted Kings/Nobles, currently ran Republics, and Peasants. Kind hearted kings would likely be uncommon, but the most useful to see the book from that prospective I assume, for Nobles, he argues that both Nobles want to push people around, and exploit them, and that most people are typically selfish (selfish bit is especially present in Mercenaries/Auxiliaries.) That, and his argument that conspiracies are too risky, and almost never work, especially if you're following his actual advice makes noble uprising for a fair Republic almost impossible. That leaves the Peasants, which 1, probably can't read, and 2, won't have access to that literature in the first place. For republics, the book mostly goes on *maintaining power*, and not gaining stuff related to gaining is present, but not the focus, I really doubt Republics need to become aware of why Monarchs aren't desireable, and he argues that they'll most likely rise up if not destroyed by the monarch, and or if the Monarch isn't living there/if there aren't people being replaced by the monarch's citizens. I don't really know who this would be useful for, i'd consider the argument he wrote it in anger, and disgust, instead of trying to make social change, but the quote cited using the word 'useful,' doesn't really add up with that idea.
Slab Panda
Slab Panda 8 oy oldin
I’m a simple man, I love history and historians who make 69 jokes while explaining history
West House
West House 8 oy oldin
Quoted Machiavelli in my high school senior yearbook
Griffith7 8 oy oldin
Born in 1469........NICE
skm 8 oy oldin
keeemon 8 oy oldin
Mad how he was a historian AND the greatest rapper ever
Slavic Aussie
Slavic Aussie 8 oy oldin
I thought this guy was Russian.
Ryland Hamilton
Ryland Hamilton 8 oy oldin
Authoritarianism is for War-Time, Democracy is for Peace-Time. Authoritarianism in Peace-Time is Tyranny, Democracy in War-Time is Indecisive. Remember This.
Alif Nurfakhri
Alif Nurfakhri 8 oy oldin
This video is so responsible for putting me in Florence for Summer holiday right now
Liquid Ketamine
Liquid Ketamine 9 oy oldin
8:52 What version of the book is he reading? Because my penguin classics version says "my aim was to write something useful for anyone interested..."
Midorikonokami 9 oy oldin
I love Machiavelli, he's such a good man that said it how it is that everyone thinks he's a villain. He's that one friend who always says exclusively the truth and everyone gets offended when it's their turn for the truth bomb.
Greg Long
Greg Long 9 oy oldin
I was not aware Rome invented movie one liners before there were movies. The Senate sends its regards would be such a bad ass thing to say. Like what if Leia said that before she beat the Emperor silly.
PJ Hofman
PJ Hofman 9 oy oldin
''A republic is more stable then a prince'' laughs in roman civil war
PJ Hofman
PJ Hofman 9 oy oldin
how is Getting rid of former heads of state after you conquer their land tyrannical?
Sean Grant
Sean Grant 9 oy oldin
Brogan Macdonald
Brogan Macdonald 10 oy oldin
i love how unpredictable the volume in your videos are. really keeps me on my toes lol
Straw_Hat_Namaki 10 oy oldin
Tupac really put me down this rabbit hole.
JTMC93 10 oy oldin
It should be noted that 'The Prince' also gives odd advice. Such that is seems like a trap for those who follow every bit of advice.
West House
West House 10 oy oldin
my senior yearbook quote was machiavelli
jonathan cunningham
jonathan cunningham 10 oy oldin
for some reason I see the prince as a hand book for Pimp my Kingdom.
Snarf 10 oy oldin
Why talk so fast? It doesn't show knowledge only a lack of confidence generally.
ShineKitten 10 oy oldin
King Dragon sends his regards
Conor Kelly
Conor Kelly 10 oy oldin
Hey Blue, I know your more of a roman classics and renaissance kind of guy, but would you ever consider a video on John Stuart Mill? I know he's more political, but considering his opinion writing, it would be interesting to hear your thoughts on how he contributed to our understanding of Utilitarianism and his era. Thanks!
Douglas Jackson
Douglas Jackson 10 oy oldin
Machiavelli: *schemes*
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