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Who makes the coffee?

That was for decades, I think, a pressing problem in petty office politics. Somebody was supposed to make the coffee, although that was seldom in anyone's actual job description. So it was "settled" by informal higgle-haggle.

This recent comic parodies that situation.

I bring it up only because this comic made me think of K-cups. I've not been in and out of offices in recent years, I've been working from home. But I have to wonder ... have they wrought a revolution?

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  1. The cartoon reflects the common false stereotype of Machiavelli. In The Prince, he did not advocate that the ruler maintain power for his own sake, but for the good of the people. And Machiavelli did not necessarily favor autocracy; in The Discourses, he offered advice for republics.

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  2. I agree, although I found the cartoon amusing. As to Machiavelli, I suspect he had a specific task in mind for his idealized Prince. He was looking forward toward someone who could unite Italy politically. That would require overcoming the institutional inertia of the separate city states, as well as the Papacy and the meddlings of outside monarchies. No wonder he can be quoted in praise of ruthlessness, THAT project would require it. Whether he accurately predicted the personality of Cavour and/or Garibaldi is not for me to say....

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