Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics":
Public Lecture Series 2014-15
"Apolitical Animals: From Machiavelli to Morris Fiorina"
Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics, Dartmouth College
A powerful, almost irresistible strain of modern political theory invites us to see 'the people' as defined by a common-sense interest in security, prosperity, and fairness. In this image, popular common-sense might rule, were it not for the corrupting effects of political animals - partisans, defined by their irrational love of power. As Machiavelli says, the few want to oppress, while the many want not to be oppressed. Is the modern image of the apolitical people right? Can the apolitical people protect themselves against rule by political animals?
Free and open to the public; no ticket required.