Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli is his full name. He was an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance. [Wikipedia, 2014]
Nicknamed, Nicco, the Philosopher of Power, Niccolo Machiavelli was the closest advisor to the Medici family, in Florentine Italy in its turbulent years. He acted as a political advisor to the Medici brothers, Guilliano and Lorenzo d’Medici in an age were Rome was the ‘raptor’ with its ferocious pope. Guilliano d’Medici will be the future Pope Leo X (Latin, Papa Leo de decimo, “Pope Leo the Tentch) and will become the hub of Florentine politics and Martin Luther Kings Protestantism.
Nicco is especially known for his famous masterpiece on amoral political discourse, The Prince.
If you are looking for his major writings you can download them below:
- Chief Works & Others, Vol. 1 (Duke, 1989)
- The Comedies of Niccolò Machiavelli
- Discourses on Livy 2006
- Discourses on Livy 2007
- Essential Writings (epub)
- The Prince
- Selected Political Writings
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Aldous Huxley, was a British writer. He was born on July 26, 1894 and died on November 22, 1963. He would become most specifically known to the public for his novels, and especially his fifth one, Brave New World, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Aldous Huxley was born on July 26th 1894 in Godalming in the Surrey county in southern England. He would be the son of the English schoolteacher and writer Leonard Huxley (1860 – 1933) and of Julia Arnold (1862 – 1908). More than literature, however, Aldous Huxley would in fact be born into a family of renowned scientists, with two of his three brothers, Julian and Andrew, who would be eminent biologists and a grandfather, Thomas Henry Huxley, who would be a famous, controversial naturalist in his time, nicknamed as “Darwin’s Bulldog”. Read More…
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Rising cyber attacks against Western governments and companies along with speculation that critical infrastructure has been infiltrated has put China under suspicion as the world’s leader in cyber espionage. Beijing is increasingly assumed to be behind any high-profile cyber assault, while the US government is faulted for an inability to protect its national interests from such attacks. The situation has led to more mutual Sino-American recriminations, an alarming development between two nations whose relationship is already fraught with mistrust.
This paper furthers the analysis presented in the previous working paper, “Reflections on the Fog of (Cyber)War” (Canabarro & Borne, 2013), by assessing the Brazilian approach to cybersecurity. It analyses some of the most important documents on security issued by the Brazilian government since re-democratization in order to access the adequacy of its policy in the light of the controversies presented before.
The paper first pictures cyberspace in Brazil and introduces three landmark documents that guide security policy towards it: the
(a) National Strategy of Defense, the
(b) White Paper to Guide Future Defense Priorities, and the
(c) Green Book on Brazil’s Cyber-security.
Finally, the paper presents some remarks on both the positive and negative aspects of the policy.
“What orgasm is to the body, this shuddering psychedelic experience is to the brain.“
- Timothy Leary
When human being fail to face their own home-brewed maladies, they often resort to ignorance-driven oblivion, at least for the moment of confused ecstacy. Continue reading