Saturday, November 13, 2021

Machiavelli's Dictum: Do No Small Harm

"Upon this, one has to remark that men ought either to be well treated or crushed."

"they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot"

If violence begets violence, you didn't use enough violence. 

One ought to be polite, peaceful, civil, and honourable, or be willing and able to use unlimited violence. Negotiate cooperatively, or destroy them utterly. In the middle is the uncanny valley of sadism, inflicting pain instead of death. Be separate, friends, or enemies; don't try to split the difference.

If you crush a man, and someone left alive wishes to take vengeance for him, then they dun fukt up. Crush them too. Don't wait around hoping you don't have to. Just do it and get it over with. 

An armed society is a polite society. If it's known you're going to kill anyone who fucks with you or die trying, along with everyone who objects to you defending yourself, they're going to be awfully motivated to stay on the black side of the ledger, now aren't they? All of a sudden, passive aggression isn't worth the risk. The culture shifts.

The native humans of every place are not native. They genocided the natives; they're considered native because there's nobody left to argue. Indeed this genocide principle is true of every species. 

If folk complain about being left alive, who are we to gainsay them? In reality, {naturalization} refers to completing the project. Better late than never. Being a victim is a sin and ought to be punished, or they'll never learn. If the enslaved whine about their condition, go ahead and finish the war.

Anyone saying otherwise is justly afraid of your violence, and trying to stop you from realizing you should use it on them before it's too late.

"Die by the sword" applies, if at all, to sadists and peasants. Peasants often cannot muster enough violence. Their maximum is below the minimum. Even if they have a gun they can hardly kill anyone with it. Peasants can strap as many pieces to themselves as they want; they will be an armoury rather than being armed. That is why they are the ruled instead of rulers.


Arqiduka said...

I try not to spam comments when I have nothing to add, but the point you make here cannot be made often enough. There's no justification for weakness.

Alrenous said...

Thanks for your attempt.

That said if there's no other comments, it's not like you're bothering anyone. Can't gum up the works if there are no works to gum up.