By Peter R. Quinones
I’ve been contacted by many people who have heard me talk about Machiavellianism but have no clear understanding of what I’m trying to communicate. As we weren’t taught this in government schools, that’s understandable. This is information that “the powers that be” benefit from keeping from the “unwashed masses.” Luckily there are those among us who find out of print books that spell it out so that even those of us educated by the State can comprehend it. Following is a scenario I’ve created to explain how this Machiavellian approach can be used that is inspired by the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus mission of dominating local politics; however, please note, this scenario is not endorsed by the LPMC.
Now, imagine you, as a libertarian, decided you want to run for mayor of your local town with a population of 30,000. The first order of business would be to decide whether to run as a Republican or Democrat. Local politics are dirty and running as an “L” is playing to lose from the get go.
The next step is to have an advisor (who would have to be a lawyer steeped in local politics and loyal only to you) find out just how much power the mayor’s office has. Is the sheriff independent of the local executive (mayor)? If the office holder doesn’t have the power to fire, or command local law enforcement, you may want to look for a different locale in which to attempt this. The power to hire, fire, and command is crucial and will require research into determining how much control the executive has. While researching into power over law enforcement, your “advance” team will also be looking into every other office in the local government over which the mayor does have the power to hire/fire. Again, this will be essential to a Machiavellian move.