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What "Machiavellian" really means

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Speaker: Pazit Cahlon and Alex Gendler

From Shakespeare's plays to modern TV dramas, the unscrupulous schemer for whom the ends always justify the means has become a familiar character type we love to hate. For centuries, we've had a single word to describe such characters: Machiavellian. But is it possible that we've been using that word wrong this whole time? Pazit Cahlon and Alex Gendler investigate the origins of the term.