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Book of Fools: An Intelligent Person's Guide to Fops, Jackasses, Morons, Dolts, Dunces, Halfwits and Blockheads
     

Book of Fools: An Intelligent Person's Guide to Fops, Jackasses, Morons, Dolts, Dunces, Halfwits and Blockheads

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Machiavelli in America' traces the influence of the Florentine thinker on American politics, from the Founders (c. 1770s) through today's rough-and-tumble political panorama. Machiavelli's ideas have been re-interpreted internationally as 'real-politik.' He proposed that the 'ends justify the means,' and that any manner of fraud, violence or corruption must be

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Machiavelli in America' traces the influence of the Florentine thinker on American politics, from the Founders (c. 1770s) through today's rough-and-tumble political panorama. Machiavelli's ideas have been re-interpreted internationally as 'real-politik.' He proposed that the 'ends justify the means,' and that any manner of fraud, violence or corruption must be utilized in attaining and retaining power. People, he assured us, are so mean, small and selfish that they will only act under necessity, so the successful prince must force the population, through whatever means necessary, to follow his dictates. He maintained that the most pwerful form of fraud was the appearance of religiosity and said that the successful prince must hold no art higher than that of war.

The last section of the book offers a response to this kind of thinking, with a specific, implementable program that will begin to devolve the power of American democracy back to the people and away from the shrinking numbers of oligarchs who control the political system through Machiavellian means and vast amounts of money.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628940336
Publisher:
Algora Publishing
Publication date:
08/15/2013
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Block is a writer and artist who has exhibited in solo and group shows across the United States and in Spain and Portugal for the last 20 years. He currently has several nonfiction books, a trilogy of plays, and a series of paintings in the works.

Tom published his first nonfiction work, “Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity,” in the United States and in Turkey in 2010. Publishers Weekly said: “Block's evident enthusiasm for the revelation of these common roots as a way forward for Muslim–Jewish relations propels this great read.”

Writing about Tom’s exhibition of murals and performances of his 2012 play, collectively titled “White Noise,” one reviewer said, “As the paintings indicated, there’s a lot going on beneath the surface of this particular artist. . . . [and] there’s a lot going on in this 80-minute production. It’s not strictly a night at the theatre, though. It’s a night in the gallery, a fascinating and rewarding look at the multiple dimensions of faith, theory, and inspiration that go into Block’s work.” [DC Theatre Scene, June 11, 2012] That description aptly sums up the richness of thought and depth of perspective found in Tom's books.

In 2013, Tom was an invited participant in the Jiwar Artist Residency in Barcelona, Spain, and he was invited to give an interview with Steven Appel, Assistant Director of the Queens College Center for Ethnic, Racial & Religious Understanding in New York, with developmental readings of three plays in Manhattan in December. His first novel, The Fool Returns, was published in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2012.

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