The Duck of Minerva

The Duck Quacks at Twilight

Wednesday’s Maxim

June 22, 2005

To get a reputation for being suspicious and distrustful is certainly not desirable. Nevertheless, men are so false, so insidious, so deceitful and cunning in their wiles, so avid in their own interest, and so oblivious to other’s interests, that you cannot go wrong if you believe little and trust less (Series C, 81).

Renaissance Italy certainly must have been a fun place, eh?

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.