Socrates, Christ, and Buddha as "political" leaders
Seen from a Machiavellian point of view politics is usually considered as necessarily involving both (1) violence as a dimension of open struggle and (2) cunning as a complementary more indirect way to access instituted power. Though conflicts are regulated and controlled by laws that result from a common and historical elaboration, strength and domination, on the one hand (the "lion"-side), and manipulation and hypocrisy, on the other hand (the "fox"-side), constitute major features of political action upon the world.1 In that respect, Carl von Clausewitz formulated quite truly how much "war is but politics prosecuted through other means."2
Full citation [Harvard style]:
Depraz, N. (2000)., Socrates, Christ, and Buddha as "political" leaders, in K. Thompson & L. Embree (eds.), Phenomenology of the political, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 121-132.
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