By Isabella Stengers, Phillipe Pignarre, Andrew Goffey
An English translation of La Sorcellerie Capitaliste - a passionate yet pragmatic critique in political philosophy. It diagnoses capitalism as a 'system of sorcery with no sorcerers'. Capitalism paralyses us in ways in which resembles sorcery and the e-book is worried to examine methods we would shield ourselves opposed to this kind of procedure.
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Here the terms must be inverted: Machiavelli does not think the problem of national unity in terms of the conjuncture; it is the conjuncture itself that negatively, yet objectively, poses the problem of Italian national unity. 18 Now, why is Italy faced with this problem? Not only as a result of its extreme division and misery - that is to say, because Italy has not found a solution to it - but because the problem has already been posed and resolved elsewhere, in France and Spain, where the solution exists.
E. all peoples constituted into states] . . pass, but rarely do they return to the same forms of government, because almost no republic can be so full of life that it may pass through these mutations many times and remain standing.
This means not only that rulers are incapable of knowing themselves, but that there can be no knowledge of rulers except from the viewpoint of the people. (Although we cannot be certain, the related assertion that there can be no knowledge of peoples except from the viewpoint of rulers may be seen as a clever way of qualifying this. ) But we must go further: Machiavelli does not say that one needs to be a man of the people to know the nature of the Prince, but the nature of princes - implying that there are several sorts, and thus THEORY AND POLITICAL PRACTICE 25 that there is a choice to be made between them from the viewpoint of the people.