"Machiavelli recommends his Prince to make use of every

moment that his neighbour is weak, in order to attack him; as
otherwise his neighbour may do the same. If honour and fidelity
prevailed in the world, it would be a different matter; but as these
are qualities not to be expected, a man must not practise them
himself, because he will meet with a bad return." Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer and Macchiavelli's view of the world suits a great many people. Mine, is a different set of values based on the concept of Tikkun Olam.
My next garden. I’d like to see the uglies try to lay claim to it. More info at Materialicious, Bacsac can be suspended from my front windows on the upper floor to keep deer and other predators at bay.
Another example of municipality-proof garden. It does not do much for the wildlife, but hey, it is green.