Devil’s Advocate or Misunderstood Genius?

"One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves" — Niccolò Machiavelli

Machiavelli took an unprecedented approach to answer questions like — ‘Are there such things as necessary evils?’ ‘Do the ends justify the means?’ ‘Should we do the wrong things for the right reasons?’

Seeking to Understand

Eleanor Roosevelt during her goodwill tour of Great Britain, Nov 1942

Eleanor Roosevelt lived during a time when international travel was less common, and diversity was not celebrated as widely as it is today. She was, however, determined to understand the cultures and viewpoints of a wide variety of people.

First Lady and Pioneer

Eleanor Roosevelt worked with a diverse group of people to charter the fundamental human rights.

Eleanor Roosevelt used her position as the First Lady of New York State and the First Lady of the United States of America to influence politics and advance the cause of equal rights for people of color and the rights of women and the underprivileged.

Father of Modern Political Philosophy

Machiavelli's beloved Florence, where he spent most of his life.

Machiavelli was probably the first politician to organize his thoughts about how a proper and choreographed political philosophy could lead to the success of the state. He introduced the concept of rationalization to ideas previously thought of as subjective.