As we speak, PM Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government are going ballistic on a post-modern incarnation of classic divide-and-conquer strategies.

by Brad Salzberg

February 2, 2024

Within the spectrum of psychological warfare, the strategy of “divide and conquer” dates back to antiquity. Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar have been tagged by historians as early adopters of this form of socio-political warfare.

In its modern incarnation, “Divide and Conquer” (derived from Latin: divide et impera), was first hypothesized by Niccolo Machiavelli, 16th Century Italian diplomat and political theorist.

Machiavelli wrote about this technique in his political treatise, “The Prince,” a discourse addressed to political rulers at the time. In it, he breaks down power into implementable units, and guides rulers on how to rule with absolute power.

“While civilizations have evolved, and we call ourselves citizens of a globalized world, we still haven’t left behind these draconian practices.” 

You can type that again. As we speak, PM Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government are going ballistic with a post-modern incarnation of classic divide-and-conquer strategies. Like Machiavelli, strategists behind the iron-curtain of Liberal government policy–some domestic, others international– have selected the most contentious social issues available as weaponry in a “woke war” on Canadian society.

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