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Supreme Ruler: Maintaining CONTROL Over a Tax-Abated Sponsor Controlled Condominium Association in Jersey City

Posted by Michael Redenburg | Feb 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

Teachings from Machiavelli's "The Prince..." 

When a {sponsor} acquires a state {or condominium} that differs from it in language, customs, or laws, there are difficulties, and holding on to the new acquisition requires good fortuna and great energy. One of the best things that the acquiring ruler {developer/sponsor} can do is to go and live {or send his employee and/or business partner} in the newly acquired state, which would make his position more secure and durable. That's what it did for the Turks in Greece: despite all his other measures for holding that state, if he hadn't settled there he couldn't have kept it. There are at least three reasons for this·. (1) If the ruler {or his lieutenant} is on the spot, he can see troubles as they arise and can quickly deal with them; whereas if he isn't there he won't hear of them until they have grown beyond the point where he can fix them. (2) If you are living there·, the country won't be pillaged by your officials, ·and if that does start to happen· your subjects will be glad to have immediate access to their on-the-spot prince. (3) Subjects who are well-disposed towards the prince will have more reason to love him; and those who aren't will have more reason to fear him. Anyone wanting to attack that state from the outside had better go about it carefully: as long as the prince {or his lieutenant} is living there it will be very hard to take it from him. An even better procedure is to send colonies to one or two places within the newly acquired state, to serve as shackles (so to speak). It's a choice between doing this and keeping there a large garrison of cavalry and infantry. Establishing and maintaining a colony costs little or nothing; and they can't do ·the prince· any harm, because they are poor and scattered. And the remainder are easily kept quiet— they haven't been {or don't know that they have been} injured, and anyway they don't want to put a foot wrong for fear of being treated in the same way as the dispossessed minority. . . .

Whenever those states which have been acquired have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom, there are three courses for those who wish to hold them. The first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person {or, send your lieutenant to do so on your behalf}, the third is to permit them to live under their own laws, drawing a regular payment from the state {excessive sponsor-controlled management fees}, and establishing within it a governing group which will keep it friendly to you (shut down free and fair elections and forbid Unit Owner Control). Because such a government, being created by the prince, knows that it cannot stand without his friendship and interest, it tries hard to support him. Therefore, he who would keep a city accustomed to freedom will hold it more easily by the means of its own citizens than in any other way. This is the state of affairs at The Oakman- WOW! Machiavelli! 

Niccolò Machiavelli was a political theorist from the Renaissance period. In his most notable work, The Prince, he writes, "It is better to be feared than to be loved, if one cannot be both." He argues that fear is a better motivator than love, which is why it is the more effective tool for leaders.

Unlike a narcissist, they will seek to gain their goals without becoming the center of attention. “They tend to enjoy being the person pulling the strings, rather than the puppet on the stage.” 

History has shown that princes who accomplished great things always used their own troops. In fact, a prince's sole activity is the art of warfare. He must always engage himself in the physical and mental exercises of warfare, especially in times of peace.

This type of "mental warfare" may be learned in the military, such as the "Tank Corps;" and then carried over into civilian life in a foreign country that the person seeks to maintain and conquer.  

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We Will Fight For You With Fifteen Years of legal experience, Attorney Michael J. Redenburg began his career defending cases for the clients of insurance companies. Initially defending no-fault claims at a Long Island based law firm, he then moved on to a Manhattan based firm where he defended t...


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