Walter Russell Mead, who, judging by his long-form blog posts over the last several months, has been on a diet of an extra helping of Wheaties every day, has a long post up right now on Machiavelli
. Much of his discussion is accessibly excellent. But along the way he also says this:
Machiavelli is not a prophet of nihilism. His Prince (unlike Nietzsche's) isn't fighting simply for power. He is fighting to for the right and the ability to build a state and to become a lawgiver.
Hmm. Discuss, especially the "prophet of nihilism" sentence.