Mayberry Machiavelli

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Coined by John J. DiIulio, Jr., who ran President George W. Bush's Faith-based Initiative.


Mayberry Machiavelli (plural Mayberry Machiavellis)

  1. (pejorative) A person who furthers his cause by "reducing every issue to its simplest, black-and-white terms for public consumption", i.e., denying nuance by using stark, but false, choices. For example, if you did not support the Iraq war, you were a Saddam Hussein supporter.