Machiavelli and dangerous times

If I was holding or coming into power in these times I would immediately strengthen the police and army with equipment and pay increases and keep a copy of Machiavelli’s Prince close to hand.

Two quotes from the booki.

Those… who had held their possessions for many years must not accuse fortune for having lost them, but rather their own remissness; for having never in quiet times considered that things might change (as it is a common fault of men not to reckon on storms in fair weather) when adverse times came, they only thought of fleeing, instead of defending themselves. – Niccoló Machiavelli, The Prince. 1537.

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example. Niccolo Machiavelli.