Today Patrick says…
i was reading some of machiavelli’s the prince and found several passages that resonate with enjolras:
"… a prince should stick to the path of good but, if the necessity arises, he should know how to follow evil.”
"leadership knows no hard and fast rules; it demands flexibility… it is better to be feared than loved. men have less scruples in offering one who makes himself loved than one who makes himself feared; for the love being a chain of obligation, which men being selfish will break whenever it suits their purpose, but fear is maintained by dread of punishment which never fails."
"in the actions of all men and especially princes, where there is no court of appeal, the end is all that counts.”
okay wow i dont agree at all
Machiavelli only really applies to statesmanship and the art of governing, and the governing of squabbling and treacherous Italian city-states at that. I don’t think it’s a great comparison to draw from out-of-context statements in a contextually inappropriate book to apply to Enjolras. The friends of the ABC are basically hopelessly idealistic revolutionaries anyway, which is pretty much as far from Machiavelli as you can possibly get.