The prince

“When action by the law (fidelity to one’s oath, etc.) is impotent, does not work, is weak, too weak, then it is necessary to behave as a beast. The human prince must behave as though he were a beast. Machiavelli does not say that the prince is man and beast at the same time, that he has a double nature, but he is not far from saying so and from putting this double nature under the authority of an “it is necessary.”

Excerpt From: Derrida, Jacques. “The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I.” The University of Chicago Press, 2009. iBooks.
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