Philosopy: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Many people are not comfortable in regards to the notion of a new idea; they tend to be called an “outsider” or even a “rebel” with a negative connotation. Although change may seem like a negative concept to some people, it is probably the reason why the world is as we know it today regarding religion, government/politics, society, and much more. For example, there are many different types of religions; in particular, there are many different branches of Christianity that were first introduced into this world as a form of change. One person standing up to the Catholic Church and introducing new ideas and beliefs is what caused a new religion, namely Christianity, thus different branches were also introduced due to different views. The democracy that we have in the United States probably would not be present if it were not for the Enlightment Period where such an idea of a government was introduced. However even within the concept of change, there are always opposing sides, like whether abortion should be legal in its entirety or legal only for those who were impregnated without their own will. John Locke, Karl Marx, and Niccolo Machiavelli all introduce their own ideas that had the potential to revolutionize the history for mankind; Locke and Marx believe in a more equal society where the government exists ultimately to serve the commonwealth, but Machiavelli believes that humans are simpleminded creatures born to follow a strong leader by incorporating fear. Although there is an obvious distinction between their two arguments, both sides make valid debates and support for their point of views.
It is very obvious that John Locke had the most influence on the founding forefathers for the United States of America. Many of ...

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...ident in Chapter five. He writes, “But when cities or provinces have been accustomed to live under a prince and his line becomes extinct, being on the one hand used to obeying and on the other deprived of their leader, they cannot agree among themselves in the selection of a new one and do not know how to live in freedom.” (Machiavelli, page 29) He explicitly states that humans are mostly followers and would not be able to carry on with their lives unless someone instructs them how to do so. He also believes that leaders will eventually end up following other great leaders. Unlike Locke and Marx, Machiavelli believes that establishing a new government is too difficult to plan and more dangerous to manage, which conveys a message that he is somewhat satisfied with a monarchy, and it further supports his argument that human beings are but simpleminded creatures.
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