What Trump Could Learn from Machiavelli About Lying

In this post we further explore the proper application of the Rational Fascist Test, or, WWMD. We find that Trump could learn quite a lot from Machiavelli.machiavelli

First of all, be shrewd and cunning.

Everyone admits how praiseworthy it is in a prince to keep his word, and to behave with integrity rather than cunning. Nevertheless our experience has been that those princes who have done great things have considered keeping their word of little account, and have known how to beguile men’s minds by shrewdness and cunning. In the end these princes have overcome those who have relied on keeping their word.

Second, do not tell lies where the truth can readily be verified.

Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts. But let this happen in such a way that no one become aware of it; or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand to be produced immediately.”

Machiavelli’s instructions to diplomat Raffaello Girlami

Third, you don’t have to have good qualities, but it is essential that you appear to have good qualities.

It is unnecessary for a prince to have all the good qualities I have mentioned, but it is very necessary to appear to have them.

So ask yourself:

  1. When Trump tells falsehoods, does he employ shrewdness and cunning?
  2. Does he frequently proclaim as fact things that may be objectively shown to be false?
  3. Does he conceal his bad qualities, or does he flaunt them?

You know the answers. He flunks the test.

Thanks go to The Municipal Machiavelli. Also recommended for The Donald: Scientific American’s 18 Attributes of Highly Effective Liars.