Machiavellian Maxims (Part 5)

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“There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

1.) Introduction
2.) The Maxims
3.) In Closing / Relevant Reading

1.) Introduction:

Welcome to part 5 in my series of Machiavellian maxims, as with the previous entries, contained within’s a pithy collection of Machiavellian wisdom. If you’ve not read this series before, or simply wish to reread some of the older maxims, here’s a convenient bullet list for you:

– Part 1 here
– Part 2 here
– Part 3 here
– Part 4 here

In Fifty Shades of Red (Part 4), I stated it was my intent to compile another series of Machiavellian Maxims. These maxim articles tend to be quite well received (I suppose you all enjoy the break from enduring the intricacy of my essays) – so here they are. Enjoy.

2.) The Maxims:

1. – Cull the fickle, insolent, and disloyal, for even if it injures you in the short-term, it will benefit you in the long.

2. – Being likeable is a conflict avoidance strategy.

3. – When dealing with pedants, jobsworths and fault finders, use subjunctives such as “if”, “perhaps” and “maybe”, so they can’t nail you down to a position. Anything that can be misconstrued, will be, plausible deniability is thus paramount.

4. – Trust is a self-fulfilling prophecy, the less you trust the other party, the less they’ll trust you. The inverse is also true; the more you trust the other party, the likelier they’ll trust you.

5. – When people don’t like you, they look for flaws in your methods in an attempt to discredit you. Give them something non life-threatening to chew on.

6. – Faced by a lion, most will step back, not forward.

7. – Egotists will underestimate you, cowards will overestimate you.

8. – Projection: most people posit the opinion they hold of themselves as a notable exception for generality in counterargument.

9. – When you describe a man to himself in accurate yet unflattering detail, you deal a crippling blow to his psyche.

10. – The waiting game is a necessary game, as such, it is strategically optimal to outwait those who would test your patience.

11. – If power is defined as one’s ability to impose their will onto the world, then money is the commodification of power in physical form.

12. – The more words you use, the less they’ll like what you say.

13. – Misdirection:

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