It would be difficult to overestimate the influence Aristotle's Politics has had in shaping the Christian West. Whether it be the Saints who drew from his natural wisdom, or the early modern philosophers who held him as their foil, the West has always been in dialogue with Aristotle's political thought.
8 Teachings from St. Thomas Aquinas' commentary on Aristotle's Politics.
The term Machiavellian is synonymous with cunning and unscrupulous political action. In general, Machiavelli is seen as the philosopher who separated morality from politics and advocated the "end justifies the means" principle to govern political thought. At worst, he sometimes seen as the thinker who freed political thought from religion and other superfluous external moral...
"Catholics should not judge nor live their Catholic lives according to modernity, but should judge and live within modernity according to Catholicism."
Wherefore it is unbecoming for them to slay or shed blood, and it is more fitting that they should be ready to shed their own blood for Christ, so as to imitate in deed what they portray in their ministry.
"Now every man is part of the community, and so, as such, he belongs to the community. Hence by killing himself he injures the community, as the Philosopher declares (Ethic. v, 11)."
The role of education within a regime should be the formation of character or virtue, and this is especially true of democratic regimes that offer political power to all citizens and citizenship to all peoples.
"[The ancient's] implicit prophecy that the emancipation of technology, of the arts, from moral and political control would lead to a disaster or to the dehumanization of man has not yet been refuted."