neo-Machiavellians

neo-Machiavellians

a term sometimes applied to the group of political sociologists and political theorists, especially PARETO, MOSCA, and MICHELS, who in an analogous way to MACHIAVELLI, prided themselves on their ‘realistic’ analysis of political power, e.g. emphasis on the role of élites. See also ÉLITE, ÉLITE THEORY.
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It is unfortunate that this collection of essays does not include any neo-Machiavellians such as Vilfredo Pareto, Gaetano Mosca, or Roberto Michels as an antidote to such utopian pleading.
We were neo-Machiavellians in the name of universal reason-that was our greatness; the others in the name of a national romanticism, that is their anachronism.
In the world of Alan Furst, you will be pitilessly squeezed in the most diabolical vice ever invented for the soul of man, between the Communist neo-Machiavellians of universal history and the fascist neo-Machiavellians of national romanticism, whose armies and secret police, resolute in murderous cynicism, are crushing between them what is left of the moral universe of Europe, of Western civilization in the epochal years 1933-1945.
But it is not perfect, and the neo-Machiavellians themselves know it, the intelligent ones, late at night, when they are alone.