Machiavelli and American Society Argumentative Essay by vuguy

Machiavelli and American Society
A look at whether Niccolo Machiavelli's classic, "The Prince", applies to American society today.
# 100425 | 753 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper examines how, in "The Prince", Machiavelli explores how fear affects a leader's ability to stay in power rather than love. The paper discusses how his claim that it is better for a leader to be feared rather than loved isn't entirely true when applied today in American society and how in fact it is essential for a leader to be loved by his/her constituents to continue to hold power.

From the Paper:

"Due to America's democratic system of politics it is quite hard to come into and hold onto power if you are feared by the voters. According to Machiavelli, "Among all things a ruler should try to avoid, he must avoid above all being hated and despised" (50). This shows that if a ruler is not to be loved he should at least try to invoke only neutral feelings from his constituents. However Machiavelli's claim that being feared will keep a leader in power doesn't apply to our governing system. A ruler in American politics should aim to be respected rather than feared. If for example Saddam Hussein attempted to run for election in America he would never win, since we as a people would never give a mandate to a person we feared so much."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. Brookline Village: Dante University of America Press, 2003.

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