On Being Feared Rather Than Loved
Two reports today confirm the truth of Machiavelli's maxim.
Upon this a question arises: whether it be better to be loved than feared or feared than loved? It may be answered that one should wish to be both, but, because it is difficult to unite them in one person, is much safer to be feared than loved, when, of the two, either must be dispensed with.
First the US INS:
The survey of visitors from 16 countries showed that the
More than half of those surveyed said
In my experience, US Immigration officials have been surly for decades, although less so than their German counterparts. And once you're through
But even if the INS is the surliest in the world, so what? It's likely that the increasing harassment at immigration has prevented more 9/11s, in which case losing 17% of (non Mexican!) visitors is cheap at the price.
The Index surveyed over 25,000 online consumers across 35 countries about their perceptions of those countries across six areas of national competence: Investment and Immigration, Exports, Culture and Heritage, People, Governance and Tourism.
Israel was ranked last, coming in after countries such as
Israel's lowest scores gave from Egypt, who ranked Israel at the bottom of the list in all categories, save contributions to science and technology.
Surprisingly, the Russians gave
You'd have to be very ignorant to rank democratic, history-soaked, beautiful, post-industrial
Machiavelli would recognize this as a perfect example of his maxim -