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"Problema, Medicis?"

From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps be answered that we should wish to be both: but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.


—The most invaluable advice for any young troll or IRL dictator.

Niccolo Machiavelli is the world's greatest hero (not to be confused with those who commit suicide in a particularly lulzworthy manner). He wrote the definitive handbook to how one should take control of the Internet. Every aspiring totalitarian and wannabe troll should read of his methods.

The Man

Let's face it, you didn't come to ED to read about an old Italian who died over 400 years ago. You came here to pretend that you're net-savvy and fap off to this. How proud of your life are you, eh? Will you ever feel a woman's touch? Will you ever be loved? Probably not. But you can get tips on both OL and IRL blackmail and manipulation from this great man. But since you are here we might as well give you the run down. Machiavelli was the most charitable human being in all of human history, why? you might ask. Because he not only realized that the human race is nothing more than a bunch of unfuckable trolls, he wrote a book on how to use these worthless slime balls to your advantage. In "The Prince" (the guide to screw over your enemies without getting your cock chopped off) you will learn when it is appropriate to kill, pillage, tax, get facebook friends, steal land and shit, raise armies and lol as you cum on Mother Teresa's face. The work is used as a handbook by every CEO and politician in the world. They will publicly deny this but of course they're lying due to the fact that this holy script justifies them doing so.

Shit Everybody Cares About

Machiavelli got into a lot of trouble over various political stuff, and ended up being tortured in unspeakable ways. After this considerable embarassment, he was released and ran away with his family where the authorities wouldn't pick on him. He then wrote a very famous book based on his life and his experiences of stabbing people in the back for his own ends called The Prince, which is the ultimate guide to how to pwn your bastard enemies and gain the power that you richly deserve.

Invaluable Trolling Methods

First, acquire from any reputable independent literary purveyor an edition of the exquisite tome known as "The Prince". Despite being nearly 500 years old this delightful and highly useful book has been merrily stirring up more shit than Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.

Although his books were adapted to actual, real-life politics involving murder, bribery and warfare (i.e. shit with consequences) and not online bitchfesting, for the average modern day basement dweller his rules and methods can easily be applied to the internet, allowing you to become the most badass troll on the web - at least in your mind.


It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.


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The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.


—This does not bode well for M00t.

Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed out drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.


The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.


If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.


Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.


The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.


How we live is so far removed from how we ought to live, that he who abandons what is done for what ought to be done, will rather bring about his own ruin than his preservation.


Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.


No proceeding is better than that which you have concealed from the enemy until the time you have executed it.


On Rivals:

  • There is no middle ground. Either be preparded to suck dick like a drunk freshman college girl or lead them to epic ruin.
  • When leading rivals to epic ruin there are no half-measures. Once started you must destroy everything they own and care about. Doing half-assed job leaves them just angry enough to think about taking revenge.
  • Your rival's rivals are not your friends. Like fat geeky tech kids, they are for your amusement alone. If your rivals are as weak as American beer, you do not let them gain further power. This, for example, is why you pay fat geeky tech kids in chocolate bars for their favours. They will only grow fatter, ensuring they have no chance of being more popular than you. However, if your rival's rivals are strong, you must get your weaker rivals to destroy them under the pretext of friendship. This has the advantage of weakening both. To use another metaphor, it is like sending the aforementioned tech kids in suicide jackets after the local jock.

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