Another difference between a Machiavellian approach and a Lao Tzuian approach might even be the difference between a modern engagement and an antiquated engagement with occult politics. Machiavelli may represent the modern consensus of information: an accretion of techniques gathered through observation, thus allowing one to redistribute the role of consensus, while Lao Tzu's antiquation (having become antiquated through an act of vanishing or becoming diffuse) would be, rather, an accretion of experience itself and not just experience but a direct appropriation of non-being. He sacrifices cause and effect for the sake of coming to it anew-by determining what acts are tied to other acts at their very core. Machiavelli says, ‘It is better to be feared than loved.' Lao Tzu, on the other hand, says, ‘It is better to remain unseen than to interfere.'
The politics of fear is a modern phenomenon. The extreme formalization of power, through procedure and document, is a way of keeping fear (of violence) ever suspended for the sake of the right effects.
Occult politics, however, understands the power of ignorance, of the void and of kenosis, but also of activation-of the direction of value flow and its relationship to sentiment. Money itself is only a distraction from the bigger picture; what Bataille called the ‘general economy.' But there is also an economy of information and interpretation which is the economy of truth.