Summary by Lewis G. Miller
Since Chapter 6, Machiavelli has been discussing the different ways you can gain power. In Chapter 6, it was through astuteness and skill. In 7 it was through receiving it from a generous benefactor, while in Chapter 8 it was gaining power through evil (not necessarily skill). This time we are granted power from someone else, but not from one individual.
Machiavelli then asks, who are the different groups who can give you power? He answers that there are two; the elites and the people. He then discusses the advantages of having the support of each and concludes that it is better to have the support of the people rather than the elites.
Nicholas and I talk about the ramifications of this for modern politicians, and ask if he is really correct in his claim.