The next instalment of my video series Dictatorship: A Forbidden History, that is supporting my latest book release The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship , is up on YouTube. This part concerns the promotion of dictatorship by republicans like Machiavelli and Rousseau in the early modern age. Please click on the link below.
Machiavelli isn’t known for his moral qualms but he did have a good head on his shoulders nevertheless. The Florentine historian and statesman made an outstanding and perhaps under-appreciated contribution to the theory of emergency powers in a republic. All modern republics take their cue from the Roman republic (res publica is Latin, of course)….
by a curious paradox the name Schmitt is surrounded by mist, and it may be asked whether this fog is not often manufactured artificially…. It is fashionable to discredit the work of this author on the basis of a reputation that is based largely on rumors … [and] it is better … to recognize that Carl Schmitt is controversial and will always remain controversial, like all those who belong to the same intellectual family: Machiavelli, Hobbes, de Maistre, Donoso Cortes, and also Max Weber