Ian Johnston, a research associate (and retired instructor) at Vancouver Island University (located in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada), gave a lecture about Machiavelli in 2002 that presents the The Prince-as-satire argument. Although I very much disagree with his conclusions, he has been kind enough to transcribe and post his argument for public consumption, and so I am happy to present it for your consideration.
Mr. Johnston's website also hosts links to a large number of classic texts, as well as study materials.
(Finally, for those who would like to know where Nanaimo is, behold.)
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