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Machiavelli: The Power of Fear - Niccolo Machiavelli stressed that “one ought to be both feared and loved, but as it is difficult for the two to go together, it is much safer to be feared than loved…for love is held by a chain of obligation which, men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose; but fear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails.” He felt that a true leader must be cunning and deceptive, winning the hearts of his people through power and influence. If he could not be liked, he could at least get by knowing he has intimidated these below him into submission....   [tags: Essays on Machiavelli] 852 words
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Machiavelli’s Views on Government - At first glance Machiavelli’s writings could be mistaken for evil and satanic beliefs, but in reality there are many good underlying points as to how to rule a nation. I believe that the New Yorker’s description of Machiavelli is the best example of his life and beliefs, because it not only touches upon the high points, but the low points of beliefs as well. The New Yorker goes into great detail about how Machiavelli came up from a mid level family to achieve a role as a government official/ “ambassador” just to be thrown in prison after years of trying to stabilize and unify an unstable country through means of war and fear....   [tags: Machiavelli, government, ] 644 words
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Machiavelli and Obama: The Benefits of NOT Keeping a Promise - In chapter eighteen of The Prince, Machiavelli tells the reader how to be successful and when not to keep your word. It is seen through out history that people of power constantly renege on their promises. This philosophy can be connected to our most prominent political figure of this modern day: President Obama. In this chapter, Machiavelli has two major premises: the nature of man, and the nature of fighting. After explaining the natures of both man and fighting, Machiavelli makes the argument that it is better to be a fox (thus successful) and gives a basic outline on how to be one....   [tags: The Prince, Machiavelli ] 782 words
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Machiavelli his life and times - What is white, Italian, starts with a ‘M’, and is hated all over. No, it’s not mozzarella cheese it is Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli was a Florentine chancellor and a well known philosopher. He is notoriously known for being amoral and his entire collection of works was on the Papal Index (Machiavelli’s The Prince). Though he lived during the 1400’s his works are still being read, analyzed, scrutinized, and, in the case of modern politicians, used as a blueprint in how to run a nation. Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 to Bernardo di Niccolo and Bartolomea Nelli (Machiavelli Pg....   [tags: Philosophy, Machiavelli, The Prince] 1081 words
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Morality: Comparing Hobbes and Machiavelli - One of the main premises of Leviathan and The Prince is morality. Where morality comes from, how it affects people under a political structure and how human nature contributes or doesn’t to morality. Hobbes and Machiavelli differ widely on each subject. Machiavelli’s views on morality, based upon a literal interpretation of the satire The Prince, is very much a practical and realistic approach to the nature of morality and human nature. Hobbes’ views, based in Leviathan, are of a more idealistic nature, and my views are a little in between the two....   [tags: Hobbes vs Machiavelli] 1216 words
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Machiavelli’s The Prince: Examples of Machiavellian Leaders - Arguably, the most Machiavellian leader to ever exist would be Joseph Stalin. He abided by three major Machiavellian methods that were stated in the Prince: the ends justifies the means, crush any opposition, and displaying a false character. Stalin had a plan for Russia and did everything in his power to achieve that plan. He wanted to transform Russia into a industrial superpower, a military superpower, and a political superpower. To achieve his goals he committed many horrible crimes against humanity....   [tags: Machiavelli, The Prince] 2033 words
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Machiavelli's The Prince and its Role in Politics in the Renaissance - In the time of Renaissance, which has been characterized by the age of reawakening of humanism. The prince plays one of the most important role in the dramatic developing of political in the Renaissance period and still hold an universal impact on today's politicians. However its views points has been debating over time. Machiavelli maintain the thoughts which is the essential for the cruel to a successful leader. To those of view points according to Machiavelli's thoughts are the arguments that a prince is to be clement or cruel, to be feared or loved....   [tags: Machiavelli, Prince, ] 750 words
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Machiavelli's The Prince - The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian statesman and author and prominent figure of the Renaissance, was born on May 3rd, 1469. His father was Bernardo di Niccoli, who belonged to an impoverished part of an old Florentine family, and there is little recorded about his youth. It was in the independent city-state of Florence that he began an active career as a politician as a young man, becoming part of important diplomatic missions throughout Europe. He met with some of the most famous figures of his time and all history, such as Pope Alexander IV, and his son Cesare Borgia, as well as King Louis VII of France and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli] 1404 words
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Ethics in Machiavelli's The Prince - Ethics in Machiavelli's The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian statesman and political philosopher. He was employed on diplomatic missions as defence secretary of the Florentine republic, and was tortured when the Medici returned to power in 1512. When he retired from public life he wrote his most famous work, The Prince (1532), which describes the means by which a leader may gain and maintain power. The Prince has had a long and chequered history and the number of controversies that it has generated is indeed surprising....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince]
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Reaction to Machiavelli's The Prince - Machiavelli illustrates several key points in what it takes to be a "successful" Prince. In chapters 5-10, Machiavelli is giving us a true image of the coldhearted reputation he has carried throughout the years. He explains his ideas on taking over a "free" state or republic and how to conquer and rule with the peoples loyalty and respect. Machiavelli argues in chapter 5 that the key to taking over a free state is initially to destroy it. By destroying the city, Machiavelli believes that the citizens will have no choice but to follow the direction of the new prince....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli] 910 words
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Machiavelli The Prince Review - The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli isn't about one man's ways to feed his power hungry mindset through gluttony, nor is it just explaining altercations between a nation's states. This writing is regarding to how one's self-confidence can make them become powerful in a society and also, the way morals and politics differ and can be separate in a government. Originally, Machiavelli wrote The Prince to gain support from Lorenzo de' Medici, who during the era, was governor of Florence. As meant as writing for how a society should be run, this book has been read by many peoples around the world who want to have better knowledge of the perfect stability of beliefs and politics required to run a goo...   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli] 1269 words
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The Morals of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - The Morals of a Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli Throughout the years many rulers and princes have strived to be the best. The book some believe set the standards for a prince is Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Morals of a Prince." Machiavelli states "Hence it is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity" proving that he believes it vital for a prince to know wrong in order to thrive and flourish (Machiavelli 331). Machiavelli undoubtedly has key points that reveal his feelings about being a successful, wrong prince....   [tags: The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli] 435 words
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Machiavelli’s View of Human Nature - Niccolo Machiavelli was a political philosopher from Florence Italy. He lived during the Italian Renaissance from May 1469 to 1527. This period in time that Machiavelli lived was the "rebirth" of art in Italy and rediscovery of ancient philosophy, literature and science. Machiavelli’s philosophy about the nature of man is that man possesses both good and bad qualities, but will lean towards his own self-interests when all things are equal: thus man is a fickle creature. Machiavelli’s view of human nature influences his view of government....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince] 590 words
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The Powerful Truth of Machiavelli's The Prince - The Powerful Truth of The Prince    Before 1513 conventional thought defined a ruler as a man who used generosity, truth and justice to govern his kingdom. Machiavelli saw the conventional thought of the time as a fantasy and only applicable in a utopian society. His work The Prince shatters all previous political thought by stating that a ruler must not only use the traditionally accepted means of maintaining power but also be able to use brute force, deceit and even cruelty as the situation requires....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]
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Machiavelli’s View of Human Nature - Machiavelli’s View of Human Nature Simple versions of Machiavelli’s conception of human nature may readily be elicited from The Prince. It is easy to find textual support for claims that appear to presuppose or be equivalent to some version of psychological egoism. He says, for example, that “men in general … are ungrateful, voluble, dissemblers, anxious to avoid danger, and covetous of gain; as long as you benefit them, they are entirely yours,” but their “love is held by a chain of obligation which, men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose.” (Prince, xvii, p....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince]
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The Power of Machiavelli’s The Prince - The Power of Machiavelli’s The Prince Nowadays, it is politically impossible to commit to paper a “training guide” for leaders. There are innumerable detractors to any possible stance or strategy a leader might adopt. As a result of this, all “training” must take place behind closed doors, far from the prying eyes and ears of the news media or the public. But this has not always been the case. Niccolò Machiavelli was brave enough to give the leaders of his day a how-to guide. In this work, The Qualities of a Prince, we are given a point-by-point description of what a leader should do to effectively lead his country....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays] 858 words
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Machiavelli and Rousseau's Views on Human Nature and Government - Machiavelli and Rousseau, both significant philosophers, had distinctive views on human nature and the relationship between the government and the governed. Their ideas were radical at the time and remain influential in government today. Their views on human nature and government had some common points and some ideas that differed. Machiavelli’s views were drastically different from other humanists at his time. He strongly promoted a secular society and felt morality was not necessary but stood in the way of a successfully governed state....   [tags: Machiavelli, Rousseau, Human Nature, Government, p] 558 words
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Comparing Machiavelli and Hobbes - Machiavelli and Hobbes To be successful, one must have the appearance of virtuousness, but not necessarily be virtuous. At least, this appears to be true according to Niccolo Machiavelli's works. Machiavelli's idea of the virtuous republican citizen may be compared to Hobbes' idea of a person who properly understands the nature and basis of sovereign political power. Hobbes' ideas seem to suggest that most anyone can claim rightful authority as there is a belief in God, and one can under Hobbes, claim legitimate authority rather easily....   [tags: Machiavelli vs Hobbes]
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Free College Essays - Machiavelli’s Politics in The Prince - The Prince - Machiavelli’s Italian Politics The Prince was one of the first humanist works of the Renaissance. Indeed it is a work of art, a literary masterpiece of sorts. Yet this work has been vehemently debated over the centuries and remains one of the most controversial pieces of writing today. Although many critics consider The Prince a satire, simply an attempt to reveal the problems with the ruling class, most see Machiavelli’s work as a serious attempt to lay the groundwork for the reunification of Italy under the Medici family of Florence....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince] 383 words
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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince and The Discourses -      Niccolò Machiavelli thoroughly discusses the importance of religion in the formation and maintenance of political authority in his famous works, The Prince and The Discourses. In his writing on religion, he states that religion is beneficiary in the formation of political authority and political leaders must support and endorse religion in order to maintain power. However, Machiavelli also critiques corrupt religious institutions that become involved in politics and in turn, cause corruption in the citizenry and divisions among the state....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Religion Religious Essays]
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How Princes Should Honor their Word: "The Prince” by Niccolo` Machiavelli - In this book “The Prince” written by Niccolo` Machiavelli attempts to persuade the readers how princes should act in order to keep their thrones, or how to capture a throne and uphold it. He also illustrates to us how by not following this system can lead to death or becoming overthrown. I was amazed at how well his compositional skills were and in my attempt to show you how skillful of a writer and persuader he is we will look at chapter XVIII. By introducing the chapter with politics, coming up with clear and logical main points, and laying out all possibilities and consequences of those points I believed that this chapter made a very impressive persuasive argument....   [tags: Prince, Niccolo` Machiavelli, government, monarchy] 983 words
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A Man For All Season And Machiavelli's Doctrine: Reiteration Of History - A Man For All Seasons, a play written by Robert Bolt, in essence is both a moral play and a historical play. Sir Thomas More, a "man of the greatest virtue this kingdom has ever produced" (Dean Swift), is famous for choosing to suffer death rather than swearing to an oath that would counter his principles. Sir More had acquired a high position of Lord Chancellery under the reign of King Henry VIII, but stepped down since he could not do what the king had asked of him since this action would conflict with his beliefs and conscience....   [tags: Machiavelli History] 1869 words
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Machiavelli’s The Prince and the Modern Executive - The Prince and the Modern Executive     Few question The Prince’s place in the canon of western literature. That it marks a turning point in our collective history, the origin of the study of politics as a science (Pollock 43), is alone enough to warrant its classification as a "Great Book. Its author, Niccolo Machiavelli, a contemporary of Copernicus, is generally accepted as an early contributor to the scientific revolution, because he looked at power and the nature of sovereignty through the eyes of a scientist, focused completely on the goal without regard for religion and morals and ethics....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]
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Prince Hamlet Versus Machiavelli's Prince - Prince Hamlet Versus Machiavelli's Prince           The Prince is a celebrated and highly controversial piece of work by the Italian aristocrat Niccolo Machiavelli. His work is a summation of all the qualities a prince must have in order to remain in his position. Machiavelli supports the idea that a prince use his power for the ultimate benefit of all, but he also does not condemn the use of any unpleasant means in order for the prince to maintain his power. His ideas both compare and contrast to the methods used by Prince Hamlet of Denmark in Shakespeare's Hamlet....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli, Shakespeare]
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Machiavelli’s The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli lived in Florence, Italy in the 1400’s. The country of Italy was divided into city-states that had their own leaders, but all pledged alliance to their king. In time in which great leaders were needed in order to help the development of a city-state and country, Machiavelli had a theory that man needed a leader to control them. In his book The Prince, he speaks of the perfect leader. I believe that man, by nature, is neither good nor evil. When a child comes out of its mother, one cannot tell whether or not that child will be a serial killer or win the Nobel Peace prize....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays] 653 words
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Comparing Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli - Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli Two of the greatest philosophers of all time are Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli. Hobbes was born in 1588 in England, when absolutism was taking hold in Europe. His most famous work was 'Leviathan', written in 1651. Hobbes discussed the ideal state and innate laws of man and nature, among other things. Machiavelli was born in Italy in 1469, a time when his home country was ruled mostly by foreign powers. His hometown, Florence, was still independent....   [tags: Compare Contrast Hobbes Machiavelli Essays] 2258 words
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Utopia by Thomas More and The Prince by Machiavelli - Utopia by Thomas More and The Prince by Machiavelli Thomas More’s Utopia and Machiavelli’s The Prince both concern themselves with the fundamental issues of how a society works and maintains itself. The goals behind the two works, however, differ considerably. The goal of Utopia is to illustrate the maintenance of an “ideal” society and the goal of The Prince is to instruct a prince, or ruler, on how to maintain his state. On the surface these two goals may seem similar but the difference lies in the way the authors handle the subject of power....   [tags: More Utopia Prince Machiavelli Essays] 816 words
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Machiavelli's The Prince: Politics, War, and Human Nature - Machiavelli's The Prince: Politics, War, and Human Nature "[I]t is necessary for a prince to know well how to use the beast and the man." (Machiavelli, The Prince, p. 69[1]). In this swift blow, Niccolò Machiavelli seems to strike down many visions of morality put up on pedestals by thinkers before his time. He doesn't turn to God or to some sort of common good for his political morality. Instead, he turns to the individual?more specifically, self-preservation in a position of power....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Essays Papers]
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Machiavelli’s The Prince as a Modern Political Guidebook - The Prince as a Modern Political Guidebook     "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."      (Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV 111.1.31) Kingship and leadership is a human concept.  Contraptions and  fiction invented by human beings that hold the fabric of  society together.  It is the job of the leader to make the fiction work for the good of all.  The quote above evokes the overall feeling about kingship held by both Prince Hal and his father in Shakespeare's Henry plays.  Being a leader is perhaps the most difficult position one can ever attain.  And in the same vein that King Henry IV says this above line, so does his son King Henry V offer this lament:    The slave, a member of th...   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]
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Relevance of Machiavelli’s The Princeto Today's World - The Relevance of The Prince to Today's World The only way it was possible to get ahead was to be part of the inner circle.  It didn't really matter what the issue was or what sort of implications it carried.  All that mattered was knowing the right person, having the right information, making the right introductions, and going to the right parties.  The most valuable information was not necessarily something you knew about an enemy but something you knew about a friend.  Staff and "advisors" were, in many ways, far more powerful than the aristocrat holding office....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays] 1298 words
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Separating Political Conduct and Personal Morality in Niccolò Machiavelli's, The Prince - Separating Political Conduct and Personal Morality in Niccolò Machiavelli's, The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli wrote, in his novel The Prince, that strong central political leadership was more important than anything else, including religion and moral behavior. Machiavelli, writing during a period of dramatic change known as the Italian Renaissance, displayed attitudes towards many issues, mostly political, which supported his belief that strong government was the most important element in society....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Essays Papers]
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Human Nature in The Prince by Machiavelli and Utopia by Thomas More - Human Nature in The Prince by Machiavelli and Utopia by Thomas More It is difficult to determine Niccolo Machiavelli?s and Thomas More?s view on human?s nature. Each took a different approach to the topic. Through Utopia, Thomas More attempted to change man?s thinking by creating an ideological society. Niccolo Machiavelli, through The Prince, attempted to teach man how to deal with human nature. With this in mind, Machiavelli?s concept is much more realistic than More?s; therefore Machiavelli better represents human nature....   [tags: Papers More Machiavelli Prince Utopia Essays]
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The Tao-te Ching by Lao-Tzu and The Prince by Machiavelli - “The Tao-te Ching” by Lao-Tzu and “The Prince” by Machiavelli Throughout history, it can be argued that at the core of the majority of successful societies has stood an effective allocation of leadership. Accordingly, in their respective works “The Tao-te Ching” and “The Prince”, Lao-Tzu and Machiavelli have sought to reach a more complete understanding of this relationship. The theme of political leaders and their intricate relationship with society indeed manifests itself within both texts, however, both Lao-Tzu and Machiavelli approach this issue from almost entirely opposite positions....   [tags: Tao-te Ching Lao-Tzu The Prince Machiavelli]
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Validity of Names in Machiavelli’s Prince and Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex - Validity of Names in Machiavelli’s Prince and Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex   People often drop names to assure the achievement of whatever goal it is they are trying to achieve. This tactic works especially well in business, but it can also work in argument. Names of influential people have influential affects. “I know Don Corleone,” would certainly have gotten nearly anything done in Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. Both Simone de Beauvoir and Niccolò Machiavelli used the names of well-known people to add a sense of importance and truth to what it was they were saying....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Essays] 761 words
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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince examines the nature of power and his views of power are still somewhat in existence today. I'll discuss this in this essay, emphasizing the following theses. Machiavelli discusses power over the people, dictatorial power, and power with people, shared power. While it is possible for power with to attain greater prevalence in society, it will not completely eliminate power over. In The Prince, Machiavelli discusses two distinct groups of people, the political elite, including nobles and other princes, and the general public....   [tags: Machiaveli Prince Power Essays] 1051 words
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The Prince by Machiavelli - Possibly the most controversial book ever written, The Prince by Machiavelli, focuses on how a Prince or leader should rule. Many of the techniques that are stated in the text have caused many debates ever since it’s publication. When Machiavelli composed the Prince, his contemporaries were shocked at the ideas and themes presented. The Prince introduced a whole new way of thinking that was almost completely contrary to present beliefs. For that reason, in 1559 the Pope banned the printing of the Prince and the rest of Machiavelli’s writings....   [tags: Controversy, Banned, Ruler] 1883 words
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The Prince, by Machiavelli - “It is much safer to be feared than loved.” This quotation was just a specimen of the harsh and very practical political annotation of the legendary historian, Niccolò Machiavelli – philosopher, patriot, diplomat, advisor and statesman. He was born as the son of a poor lawyer in 1498, but he never let boundaries restrict him. He still received an excellent humanist education from the University of Florence and was soon after appointed as the Second Chancellor of the Republic of Florence.2 His political importance to Florence would soon give him the opportunity to write what is disputed as one of the most significant works in history, The Prince....   [tags: The Prince]
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The Prince by Machiavelli - Machiavelli’s the Prince is a 16th-century extended analysis of how to acquire and maintain political power. While many are cynical of Machiavelli’s intention when writing The Prince, the works of earlier writers seem to indicate that his piece was indeed a reflection on how a ruler ought to govern. The dedication declares Machiavelli's intention to discuss in plain language the conduct of great men and the principles of princely government. He states that he does so in hope of pleasing and enlightening the Medici family and offers it as a “some token of his devotion.” (Skinner) Italy was struggling with its limits on power and Machiavelli responded accordingly....   [tags: mantaining political power] 2640 words
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The Prince by Machiavelli - Living in a tumultuous era, filled with political and religious conflicts, warring city-states, and a continent ruled by a government who used the church to control and conquer, an exiled Machiavelli wrote the book The Prince to give politicians a basis on how to rule a nation and as a way to continue to make a statement in Florence’s politics. The book itself was unlike the regular “mirrors for princes”, in a sense that instead of telling the prince how to be morally sound it told him how to be effective as a ruler....   [tags: Novel Analysis, Russia, Stalin] 1049 words
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Is Machiavelli Machiavellian? - Throughout history, The Prince has been considered one of the greatest guides to political wheelings and dealings. But, it wasn’t always like that, one could almost liken it to the modern day Wikileaks. It was a book that was part political satire and part exposé on how the people’s princes did their thing. The Prince also sparked the creation of the word machiavellian, an adjective that means cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics or in advancing one’s career. The question is, does Machiavelli actually deserve the term his writing has garnered him....   [tags: The Prince, Leadership, Politics]
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The Machiavellian Analysis of Politics - Written around 1513, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is arguably one of the most famous treatises on politics in history. Dedicated to Lorenzo de ’Medici, ruler of Florence at the time, The Prince was not published until five years after Machiavelli’s death in 1532. It contains Machiavelli’s well-known analysis of politics: all politics is characteristically defined as the struggle of acquiring and maintaining power. Within his analysis, Machiavelli (1513) writes “One who adapts his policy to the times prospers” (p....   [tags: The Prince, Machiavelli]
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Machiavelli and Gandhi - Ahimsa is a concept that was practiced by political and ideological leader Mohandas Gandhi; a concept that he used to promote the use of non-violent tactics and passive resistance against colonial rule in India. Mohandas Gandhi used Ahimsa as the means to an end and therefore, ultimately rejected Machiavelli's advice on the qualities a prince must possess to retain his title. Machiavelli advises that the leaders have military experience and, “In peace time he must train himself more than in times of war....   [tags: Compare Contrast, Comparison]
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The Life and Works of Niccolo Machiavelli - Niccoló Machiavelli is perhaps the greatest political thinker in history. He was a historian, musician, a poet, and he wrote comedies. He liked poetry as much as he liked philosophy. Machiavelli wrote and collected poems. His works, which are inspired by his life experiences, have been read by many of the worlds greatest politicians. Niccoló Machiavelli’s writing was influenced by the Medici family, the Soderini government in Italy, and his own diplomatic career. His great work, The Prince, is legendary for its impact in politics and its controversial proposals....   [tags: biography]
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The Commitments of Machiavelli's Scholar - Plato and Aristotle's worries in The Republic and Politics was understanding virtue and justice, and figuring out who was best fit to lead. In both cases, Plato and Aristotle were worried about the political community on the loose, and about how morals and politics met. Nicolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke question this suspicion to some degree, and relate their own particular worries about great government, request, and human nature. This exposition will differentiate the works of Machiavelli, concerning his understanding of government....   [tags: plato, aristotle, government, philosophy]
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Commentary on Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince - Relatively little is known for certain about Niccolò Machiavelli's early life in comparison with many important figures of the Italian Renaissance. Machiavelli was born May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. He attended the University of Florence; even a quick glance at his works reveals that he received an excellent humanist education, as his speech and opinions are highly intelligent, well read, and as far as the reader can tell, correct. For years after graduating, Machiavelli passionately engaged in diplomatic activity for Florence, traveling to the major points in Italy as well as to the royal magistrates of France and to the imperial Vatican court....   [tags: Italy, Renaissance, Politics] 1039 words
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Niccolò Machiavelli's Acquisition of Power - Niccolò Machiavelli is representative of Renaissance thinkers in his perception of government. No longer was government seen as an institution granted by God but rather governments were largely becoming arrangements or contracts between those that govern and the governed. Thinkers from Aristotle to Francis Bacon would expound on this idea of a social contract, but none would exemplify the realism and ruthlessness of modern politics like Machiavelli. While the word Machiavellian has become part of our lexicon as a term for the ruthless execution of political will glorifying the “ends justify the means” mentality, Machiavelli’s true legacy should be found in his belief that the state was more...   [tags: european history]
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Commentary of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - In chapter 17 of The Prince, On Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether It Is Better to Be Loved Than to be Feared or the Contrary, Machiavelli continues his discussion of virtues that the modern reader might not consider as virtues. He considers mercy and cruelty as with generosity and ungenerosity. Machiavelli’s dark view of human nature is displayed in this chapter – a warning about those who tell you they love you in good times but desert you in bad times. He talks about how a prince should rather be feared than loved, if he cannot manage to be both loved and feared, but never hated....   [tags: mercy and cruelty]
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Liberty and Corruption through Machiavelli - Liberty and Corruption through Machiavelli To be “Machiavellian” is typically understood to mean clever or dishonest; generally unlikable traits in a general member of society. When asked to evaluate the current state of affairs in America today and look for the conceptions of liberty and corruption, the most accurate answer to this evaluation is through history. Looking at America and taking the previously studied writings of Machiavelli, is there any hope for the liberty America prides itself on or at least is there any way to stave off corruption....   [tags: American society, culture, jurisdiction, autonomy]
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Comparing and Contrasting Mirandolla and Machiavelli - This compare and contrast essay will focus on the views of leadership between Mirandolla and Machiavelli. Mirandolla believes that leadership should not be false and that it should follow the rule of reason. He believes that leaders should strive for the heavens and beyond. On the other hand, Machiavelli believed that leadership comes to those who are crafty and forceful. He believed that leaders do not need to be merciful, humane, faithful or religious; they only need to pretend to have all these qualities....   [tags: Philosophy ] 610 words
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Machiavelli: The Misunderstood Humanist - Machiavelli was a Florentine diplomat, statesman, and political philosopher in the early sixteenth century. He authored The Prince, a set of rules for new princes to follow in order to maintain control of their domains, emphasizing the use of power without regard to morality. Machiavelli published The Prince in 1513 and dedicated it to the Medicis with the goal of convincing them to unite Italy and end the Italian Wars, which took place from 1494 to 1559. Machiavelli’s philosophies have been criticized as contradictory to traditional humanist views, but this conclusion fails to consider the ideas set forth in The Prince in the context of other political philosophies and humanism at the time....   [tags: classicism, realism, The Prince, philosophy]
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Analysis of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - ... Threw out the story it gives you an outline of choosing your role as a prince you can live and server in a good way, such as being at peach with your kingdom or city seeing how "A wise prince should follow similar methods and never remain idle in peaceful times" by rebuilding or reaching out to the people it could sever great adversity. So if fortune changes the kingdom will still be behind you no matter what comes in the near days to come. At the same time your army will neglect you if they feel like it's too much peace in the area and not enough war....   [tags: friendship, citizens, title, prince] 515 words
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Philosopy: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - ... He is obviously aware that with freedom, there is a cost. There will somehow always be a person who may take advantage of this freedom to harm another person, which is where the government that serves their citizen’s interests comes in. Continuing with political power, Locke begins to describe the difference between the state of nature and the state of war, which are described as being different and he provides many examples to prove his point. He defines a state of nature as: “men living together according to reason without a common superior on earth, with authority to judge between them.” (Locke, page 16) Furthermore, he defines a state of war as: “force, or a declared design of forc...   [tags: marx, locke, political power] 1759 words
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Qualities of a Leader in Machiavelli's The Prince - In Machiavelli’s, The Prince, he listed seven of the characteristics that he thought a leader had to have to be a good leader. However, some of these tenants had conflicts concerning the lack of thought towards actual human nature. One of the tenants specifically said,”Virtue can ruin a person, and vice can bring success.” This statement seems logical when you first look at it, but, as you delve into the actual meaning of the tenant, you realize it is more complex and misleading than before. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the definition of virtue is,”morally good behavior and character”....   [tags: morals, vices, deceiving] 577 words
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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince - More than 480 years ago, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince was published. It established a system of governance influential still today. His ideas were available before thinkers such as Rousseau and Locke. Men who believed that government derived its just powers from the consent of the governed. Machiavelli, unlike Rousseau and Locke, did not suggest government of the people, but government were power was centralized and secure in the hands of an elite few. His ideas, for example, led to the rise of France as a world power under the leadership of Louis XIV, arguable one of the most successful monarchs in European history....   [tags: governance, power, leaders]
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Virtù in Machiavelli’s Prince - For most contemporary readers, Niccolò Machiavelli is a name synonymous with deceit, cunning, and manipulation, a reputation which stems almost entirely from his authorship of one of the central works of modern political philosophy: The Prince. Given this image, it is incredibly ironic that the Italian word virtù and its derivatives appear no less than seventy-two times throughout the work. While the translator goes to great lengths to adapt this versatile word to the context of the situation, it is nevertheless clear that virtù is closely related to its English cognate virtue....   [tags: Ethics, Strength, Skill] 1517 words
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Virtue And Fortune In Prince - VIRTUE AND FORTUNE OF A PRINCE The Prince, written by Machiavelli is concerned with the issues politics, ruling a state and how a ruler or a leader should be. The key properties of a ruler are represented by Machiavelli in details and the inner and outer effects of the success in ruling are mentioned. One of the most important topics in The Prince is about the relationship of skillfulness (virtù) of the ruler and his good or bad chance (fortune) and their effects on gaining and keeping the power....   [tags: Machiavelli] 913 words
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Machiavelli VS Robert Greene - What would you do if you discovered a secret that can make your life better. Not just any ordinary secret, but a special one that would tell you how to gain power/ control over others and maintain it. Would you share it with others. Well that’s what writers have been sharing for centuries; yet many of us are still unaware. The very concept of Power is extremely important especially since we the people can give it to others but never ourselves. Well two contemporary authors in regards with the subject of power are Niccolo Machiavelli, and Robert Greene....   [tags: 48 Laws of Power]
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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince - In The Prince, Machiavelli explains several principles for a leader to follow and establishes that is better to feared than loved if one cannot balance both. A ruler that is well-loved is not always respected and can easily lose control of his people, especially when others have devious motives. By drilling fear and avoiding hatred from one’s subjects, a leader is able to stay in power and at the same time still have the respect of his people. As a leader there will always be adversities, and doing what is best for the state of affairs should always come first....   [tags: princiciples of leadership, Obama] 726 words
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Machiavelli: The Realistic Philosopher - Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat in the early 16th century. While in exile, Machiavelli spent most of his time educating himself in Roman history and writing political treatise. In this time, he wrote a letter to Lorenzo de Medici in hopes of perishing his exile and gaining approval from the Medici family. This message was interpreted as a guide to becoming a successful ruler. Machiavelli’s The Prince discusses the way of life a prince should live in order to maintain power. He believed that giving the Medici family an idea of how to gain and keep complete authority would be very useful in affecting the politics in Italy of the age....   [tags: italian diplomat, strong ruler]
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machiavelli and the prince - Social Life in Medieval and Early Modern Italy Nicolo Macchiavelli and The Prince At the end of the 14th century, Italy was still politically organized by city-states. Emerging as one of the most influential writers of the Renaissance, Niccolo Machiavelli was a political analyst, whose aim was to free italy from foreign rule, as well as to unite and strengthen the Italian city states. Machiavelli believed Italy could not be united unless its leader was ruthless....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Niccolo Machiavelli - According to legend, just before his death, Niccolo Machiavelli told his friends that had remained faithful to him up until the very end about a dream he had had. In his dream, he had seen a group of peasants, wretched and decrepit in appearance. He asked them who they were. They replied, ‘We are the saintly and the blessed; we are on our way to heaven.’ Then he saw a crowd of formally attired men, aristocratic and grim in appearance, speaking solemnly of important political matters. Again, he asked them who they were and where they were going....   [tags: Philosophers ]
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Nicolas Maduro's Machiavellian Struggle - The battle zone has become further entrenched between the protesters and the government in the Capitol of Venezuela, Caracas. With 13 dead and 150 injured tension between Nicolás Maduro and his people is at an all time high (Glusing). In the post Hugo Chavez world not only has Maduro failed to inspire the confidence of his people, but his inability to deal with rising economic woes has only worsened his relationship with his people. Machiavelli in his works The Prince and The Discourses, deals with how a leader should deal, interact, and satisfy his subjects....   [tags: Maduro, Machiavelli, Venezuela]
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Machiavelli - The Prince - The Prince, one of the most popular and well known doctrines of political thought was also one of the greatest works of Niccoló Machiavelli. First published in 1513, The Prince was written in response to the failure of the Greek-based Italian city-states. Machiavelli wrote The Prince because, despite being a firm Republican, he was also well-documented as a strong patriot. He wanted that his people live under a free but effective government, but he decided that if his nation has to be ruled by a despotic form of government that he would rather have it be a strong yet merciful tyranny....   [tags: essays research papers] 816 words
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The Prince by Machiavelli - The Prince by Machiavelli The Prince is by far Machiavelli's most well known and important work. In 1513, after his exile from Florence, Machiavelli began this great work. In The Prince, Machiavelli dedicated it to Lorenzo de Medici, who never responded to the privately sent copy. Interestingly enough , the line of the Medici family represented the ineffectual leadership that Machiavelli disliked in The Prince. Machiavelli's work has long been infamous for what some consider its harsh, unscrupulous methods of obtaining power and in ruling....   [tags: Papers] 574 words
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Niccolo Machiavelli: How to Lead the Way - Niccolo Machiavelli was one of the most influential writers of the Renaissance. He started to write “The Prince” in July of 1513 and finished it in 1514. The Prince was written during a time of political turbulence, as a practical guide to help Lorenzo de’ Medici stay in power, and also as a guide for a ruler or future ruler, showing what a ruler needs to do to maintain political power while withstanding attacks by foreign powers. He also stated, “I too would like to commend myself to Your Magnificence with some token of my readiness to serve you” (Machiavelli)....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Biography of and Principles Taught By Niccolo Machiavelli - Machiavelli Essay: Question 1 Born in the 15th century, Niccolò Machiavelli was an Italian historian, politician, philosopher, diplomat and humanist. Following his career as an official in the Florentine Republic, Machiavelli was a founder of modern political science and political ethics. In the political treatise The Prince, written in 1532, Machiavelli outlines several key traits of a successful princedom such as; how to incorporate newly acquired provinces, the most successful way to conquer territories, the establishment of successful defense and military forces, as well as qualities which would make for the most desirable prince....   [tags: The Prince, Discourses on Livy]
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Applying Machiavelli's The Prince to Real Life - Many people have attempted to explain their beliefs on gaining power and holding on to it as a leader or ruler. Although many people have attempted this, not many have explained it in such a way as Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli’s reputation is often said to be based on one of his writings called The Prince. This handbook was written to explain how to obtain and keep political power (Norton Anthology, 182). Machiavelli’s point from this writing was to make the rule effective even if those means included the ruler being deceptive and violent (Norton Anthology, 182)....   [tags: Fidel Castro, Cuban revolution]
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Morals and Ethics in The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - In The Prince, Machiavelli discusses morality and ethics concerning secular powers, specifically principalities and secular government. On the other hand, Erasmus discusses the role of morality and personal ethics with regards to religious institutions, specifically the church. While both address different institutions, both express similar viewpoints on many issues. Both agree that personal ethics and morals run thin in the institutions. However, while Machiavelli attempts to completely decouple the actions of good rulers from personal ethics, Erasmus argues that the church has lost track of its original principles down the line....   [tags: human natures, cruelty, christianity] 1279 words
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Niccolo Machiavelli: The Father of Modern Politics - The American Senate Majority leader just cast the deciding vote to not support the Women’s Fair Pay Act, knowing his district’s voters are over 55% women. But, his vote ensured his party would keep the majority until 2016. The Minority leader in the Senate walks over to him after the session and says, “Good play, and it was very Machiavellian of you”. Niccolo Machiavelli was a philosopher, statesman and the leading political theorist in the late 1400s early 1500s. He is often referred to as the “father of modern political theory” (Nederman, 2009)....   [tags: Historical Leader Synthesis Essay]
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Political Ideology in The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli - Niccolò Machiavelli transformed political theory by forming new ideas essential to the progress of Europe in the 16th century, strengthening the Heads of State in Italy, and revolutionizing views on politics through his views of power and dominance. The ideology that Niccolò Machiavelli manifested in his many political writings created a new motive for politics. Before he began his works such as The Prince and The Discourses, Machiavelli had a different idea of political thought. His ideas changed most notably from 1503 to 1513 (Mattingly 6)....   [tags: leaders, head of states, dominance] 650 words
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Machiavelli: The Father of Modern Political Science - During the time 1469, a child by the name of Niccolo Di Bernardo Del Machiavelli was born .Some may know him as an Italian philosopher, humanist, or a evil minded fellow associated with the corruptness of totalitarian government. In Machiavelli’s home state Florence, he introduces the modern political theory. Hoping to gain influence with the ruling Medici family Niccolo wrote a pamphlet call The Prince (Prezzolini). Niccolo lived a nondescript childhood and his main political experience in his youth was watching Savonarola from afar....   [tags: Political Science]
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Modern Political Theory: Rousseau and Machiavelli - ... In “The Prince” Machiavelli viewed citizens as untrustworthy and encourages the leader to be heedful in trusting them. He says as their Prince people would do anything to protect him but when he is in danger they turn away. He understood that most people act for self interest and not for the interest of others. He saw that political success would not depend on chance or luck but through the eyes of fear. Machiavelli says, “The Prince must none the less make himself feared in such a way that, if he is not loved, at least he escapes being hated.” (10)....   [tags: the prince, state of nature, free]
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Niccolo Machiavelli's and Martin Luther's Influence - Machiavelli and Martin Luther were both hugely influential and controversial authors who wrote in times of turmoil. Although they had different focuses, Machiavelli's being political and Luther's being religious, they came to many similar conclusions, this may be in part to their reactions to a similar time period. Both authors saw the importance of looking into the past and using history as a tool to learn from. Luther believed more in returning to the past while Machiavelli saw it as a way to use what worked while learning from past mistakes....   [tags: Catholic Church, Free Will] 1378 words
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Ledership Comparsion between Machiavelli and Gilgamesh - Machiavelli wrote one of the most influential treatises on leadership that is still utilized in politics and management today. One of the defining conceptions he explores is locating a balance between being virtuous and righteous and practicing carefully selected deceit and cunning. Gilgamesh’s exhibition of leadership is much more primordial and archetypal, yet does more to highlight the inherent tragedy and emotional trauma present in such high-stakes situations. Ultimately, the differences in leadership between the two is a product of radically different eras, in which the notions of power and the state were at opposite ends of a spectrum, as were the structures that organize people....   [tags: virtous, righteous, deceit, cunning, power] 1370 words
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Comparing Orwell's "1984" and Machiavelli's "The Prince" - When examining the totalitarian government of 1984 by George Orwell, a direct connection can be drawn to the motives and ideals associated with Niccoló Machiavelli’s The Prince. Machiavelli’s support of the political necessity as a means to remain in power resonate with the government whose aim is to “extinguish once and for all the possibility of independent thought” as a way to ensure complete political orthodoxy within the country (193). Specifically, Machiavellian thought plays an important part in 1984 as its ideas on reputation, revolution, avoiding hatred, and the use of fear to control a populace are used by INGSOC in order to maintain complete control throughout the story....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Lion and the Fox Metaphor in Machiavelli's The Prince - Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, The archetype man for politics in history. He was born on May 1469 and died June 1527. He is an Italian philosopher, thinker and writer. He was considered by many as one of the origin founders of political science in modern age. He was a diplomatic person, besides being a political philosopher, and musician. In Florentine Republic he used to be a civil servant. Then In 1498, he was elected as Secretary to the second Chancery of the Republic of Florence by the Great council....   [tags: the prince] 517 words
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Lorenzo de Medici: Machiavelli or Michelangelo? - Florence during Lorenzo de Medici’s time was a city of contradictions: artistic brilliance sprouted from the squalor of the city’s crowed streets and autocrats ruled over republican institutions. Florence fostered both the grandeur of Botticelli’s Primavera and the harsh realism of Machiavelli’s the prince. Lorenzo de Medici, the de facto ruler of the city, best embodied such contradictions. He was both a Machiavelli, using menace, betrayal, cajoles and schemes to exert power, and a Michelangelo, a poet and artist stimulating the onset of the Renaissance....   [tags: history, art, Italy,] 647 words
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Opposing Viewpoints: Machiavelli versus Erasmus - ... Machiavelli stated that love attaches men by bonds of obligation in which men break every time that their wellbeing’s at stake. In response to that, it’s said that fear confines men to keep their bonds of obligation because they are frightened by the thought of punishment & that fear of being punished never leaves them. Machiavelli said that a ruler should make himself be feared in a particular way. That particular way was that if he doesn’t encourage love at least he doesn’t incite hate. It is possible to be feared & not hated....   [tags: ruling and staying in power] 542 words
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