Saturday, April 16, 2005


Quote of the Day

[W]hen possessions are acquired in a province differing in language, customs, and laws, there are difficulties, and it takes great good luck and energy to keep them. One of the best and most effective means would be for the person who acquires them to go and live in them....

Another good plan is to send colonies into one or two key places of the new province....

But if, instead of colonies, soldiers have to be maintained, the cost is much greater as the income from the new state will be eaten up by the expense of policing it, so that the acquisition turns out to be an expense. Besides, such a measure is much more offensive for it is harmful to the whole state, as the discomfort of an occupying army is felt by all and so everyone becomes its enemy, and such enemies can do much harm, even though beaten, on their own ground. Under every aspect then, garrisons are useless, and colonies are useful.
—Niccolò Machiavelli in The Prince

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