The ultimate unifying principle is individuality.–KR

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker,
that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love,
and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages.
—Adam Smith (United Kingdom, 1723-1790; The Wealth of Nations, 1776)

Sound Familiar?…

Always deny what you don’t want to be known, and always affirm what you want to be believed. For, though there be much–even conclusive–evidence to the contrary, a fervent affirmation or denial will often create at least some doubt in the mind of your listener.–Francesco Guicciardini (Italy, 1483-1540; political theorist of the Medicis and friend of Machiavelli). The allusions to Trump’s despotic tendencies are no illusion.