Ideas from 'The Discourses' by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Prince, selections from Discourses' by Machiavelli,Niccolo (ed/tr Plamenatz,J) [Fontana 1972,-]].

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25. Social Practice / E. Policies / 2. Religion in Society
All legislators invoke God in support of extraordinary laws, because their justification is not obvious
Rulers should preserve the foundations of religion, to ensure good behaviour and unity