I only recently realized that I forgot to clarify the meaning of the title of my blog. It is a term referenced, if not coined, by the legendary political scientist and theorist Niccolo Machiavelli. In chapter 15 of his revolutionary work, The Prince, Machiavelli writes that the Prince must concern himself with the “effectual truth,” that which is and not what ought to be. One must accept the constraints and circumstances in a given situation before deciding on the proper course of action.
I chose this title as I find it and the work of its author exceedingly relevant as I endeavor to approach various political dilemmas and questions in my ensuing posts. I will be posting my first piece, a comment on Princeton student Tal Fortgang’s article on “Checking One’s Privilege” in the coming days. In the meantime, enjoy the weather, which is finally pretty nice, at least near me.