Technology and Social Process

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TWO: B. LATOUR
THE PRINCE FOR MACHINES AS WELL AS FOR MACHINATIONS

Expanding The Prince to redefine democracy

Machiavelli, a republican at heart, established the foundations of democracy in his Discourses on the First Decade of Livy. In spite of this he is often taken as a dangerous and amoral cynic because he wrote The Prince. In practice, however, the two works are one and the same: if democracy is to be stable the harsh realities of power have to be understood. For Machiavelli the duplicity does not come from his own analysis or even from the hearts of the princes he is analysing, but from the historians who distinguish virtues and evils in an arbitrary way. For instance Hannibal was able to maintain a united army made up of many races and nations: 'For this, his inhuman cruelty was wholly responsible. It was this, along with his countless other qualities, which made him feared and respected by his soldiers. If it had not been for his cruelty, his other qualities would not have been enough. The historians, having given little thought to this, on the one hand admire what Hannibal achieved, and on the other condemn what made his achievements possible' (p. 97). In his book Machiavelli offers a set of rules which go beyond the distinction between good and evil made by moralists, citizens or historians. These rules can all be deduced from one paramount one: how to maintain power for a little longer in spite of enemies and adverse fortunes. Once this rule is clearly understood what appeared until then as bizarre or shocking exceptions are considered as different tactics or strategies to achieve a single goal. For example acting virtuously should be neither the rule nor the exception but one possibility among others: 'The fact is that a man

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