Emeriti Exile: 338-348 CE

Emeriti Exile: 338-348 CE
Exile: 338-348 CE, Thassos, Greece

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

30: Condottieri and the Obscuranti

Condottieri General
The Obscuranti Code:

OBSCURANTI: (Emeriti Analysis)


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(It is clear that even when deciphered, the Obscuranti remain elusive.)

Condottieri: Prior to Machiavelli, it was common for City States to sign contracts with private mercenary armies for protection and for engaging in aggressive action against enemies.  Mercenary troops were common prior to the Medici period in Florence.  A military contract called a "Condotta" established the terms of military services performed on behalf of the state.  The leaders of these troops were called Condottieri and were protected from strictures of civil law (in much the same manner as modern Blackwater troops were exempt from most standards of human decency while fighting in Iraq during the dark times of the misguided war). The Condottieri began to decline after 1494 and fell into disfavor because they became available to the highest bidder and would often switch sides, resulting in political and tactical chaos.

Obscuranti: The intellectual version of the Condottieri became known as the Obscuranti, who were much more valuable to monarchs and rulers than the untrustworthy mercenary troops.  The Obscuranti were students of Machiavellianism and descended from their Gloominati predecessors.  Because the Obscuranti actively sought to "obscure the truth to achieve selfish goals or to thwart inquiry into the affairs of the moneyed interests of the day, such as the Medici," they were natural enemies of the Emeriti, who merely obscured the truth in order to achieve the higher purpose of providing pensions for future scholars. The Obscuranti accepted the Machiavellian concept of moral duality; the monarch could do things in public to advance the larger interests of the state, that otherwise would be considered immoral in the private sphere.  The Emeriti were repelled by such a concept and discreetly kept their own immorality private.

Relazioni de Pubbliche: The Obscuranti advanced their patron's agenda by publishing tracts called out in the public square, "La Voce del Volpe" (translated as "Voice of the Fox").  Just as Machiavelli is said to be the founder of political science, the Obscuranti laid the ground work for modern Public Relations agencies.

Sources: Emeritipedia, Wikipedia/Commons, and The Emeriti and the Obscuranti Nemesis, EPI, ©1989

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