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Why have a dog and bark yourself?
We're over the idea that countries have parliaments: big deal. But when Machiavelli wrote The Prince the French ancien régime's ‘Parlement’ was unusual and interesting enough to him for it to merit a special mention in Chapter 19.
Meetings are indispensablewhen you don't want to doanything.
~ JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH
This was not because it expressed the will of the people, or anything democratic like that. We're talking about kings and princes and nobles here, after all. No, for Machiavelli the genius of the Parlement was that it acted as a political shield for the King of France. He was ‘well aware of the arrogance of the nobles’ who had their own useful internal power ...