Today’s entry is brought to you by Niccolo Machiavelli:
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. Because this is to be asserted in general of men, that they are ungrateful, fickle, false, cowardly, covetous, and as long as you succeed they are yours entirely; they will offer you their blood, property, life and children, as is said above, when the need is far distant; but when it approaches they turn against you. And that prince who, relying entirely on their promises, has neglected other precautions, is ruined; because friendships that are obtained by payments, and not by greatness or nobility of mind, may indeed be earned, but they are not secured, and in time of need cannot be relied upon; and men have less scruple in offending one who is beloved than one who is feared, for love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.
And so, it’s plus five, and minus four (or is it one?). Impeachment-wise, that is. Carlos Conde provides a round-up. PCIJ also summarizes yesterday’s goings-on, which were covered by Miron with great wit.
The punditocracy today has Jarius Bondoc proclaiming the impeachment process doomed; Patricio Diaz condemning reconciliation as a national scandal; Carmen Guerrero-Nakpil dissecting, with venomous ire, the President’s challenge for those without sin to cast the first stone.
In the blogosphere, Jove presents his take on Palace spin; Paeng doesn’t like reconciliation; Ina Alleco vents her frustrations with the President (hers is an interesting and eloquently written blog); Gari provides an eyewitness account of a rally at the House, yesterday; Red’s Herring defends People Power; Misconstrued Religion is against charter change; Big Mango continues an interesting and worthwhile discussion on a Blueprint for a Viable Philippines.
Clickmomukhamo points out the top 500 universities in the world, according to the Chinese, lacks Filipino schools; Citizen on Mars looks into producing fuel from corn; kottge.org looks into operating systems run on the internet; BuzzMachine points to a reporter blogging on the gas crisis in the USA.