09-08-2011, 05:10 PM
Machiavelli was no Illuminatus. You think of him as a brutal powermonger from 'The Prince', but if you read beyond the sound clips you find that even that book is all about securing the welfare of the people, even if sometimes you have to make a brutal example of a few of them. Which sound actually more like the Templars to me.
What he considered his masterwork, though, was 'Discourses on Livy', where he goes at great length into why a republic is a trillion times better than any tyranny and how a constant civilized warfare of ideas in a republic was the essence of livelihood and progress. And from that point of view, you are getting more Dragon-ish, though I personally doubt that Dragon is really anywhere near so democratic and fair-minded.
In other words, he really wanted the people and NOT some secret organization to run things. Crazy!