Rule 48

Steerpike

Registered Member
#11
I think that it isn't one in that other interpretation because it aids and instructs in selfish acts, as opposed to being a universal truth designed to better the world as a whole or assist in the defense against a presumably bad-intentioned foe. Succinctly put, it lacks in righteousness. I'll concede the point, however, if you can cite a well-known aphorism in the same Machiavellian vein.
Aside from the rules that are meant to be funny, the rules can be seen as economic Machiavellianism. The aren't intended to "better the world."