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Justin Kerr

According to Bernard Crick (who once wrote a book called 'In Defence of Politics'), Macchiavelli was the first to ever say that political division is a source of strength, not weakness. Macchiavelli was writing about the source of the strength of the Roman Republic: "...if tumults led to the creation of the tribunes, tumults deserve the highest praise" because the "Republic was made more perfect" by the creation of the tribunes. This is in Book one Chapters 3 and 4 of The Discourses (which is more interesting than The Prince).

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