“Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.” – Niccolò Machiavelli
The warning served by Machiavelli is for anyone that is ready to step into any new venture or position of authority. The consensus of the time and now and all time in between is that those in positions of authority and power are a far more dangerous lot than anything else that society can create or grow.
For example, when society becomes corrupt who is to blame? Its leaders. No one blames society when leaders are corrupt. The leaders are the only ones to blame. Yet, it is society that put them in their respective office.
How does one correct this or prevent this from happening?
Society must perform its due diligence but is that enough? Is it enough to demand high ethical standard? No, it is not!
In the end, the individual (Princes) or the collection of leaders (government) must act on their own to prevent corruption and other inappropriate activities from ever occurring.