Machiavelli's "The Prince" - An Analysis Book Review by Nicky

Review of Niccolo Machiavelli's seminal work of political science, "The Prince."
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This paper examines Machiavelli's "The Prince" through a modern lens. First the paper describes the political climate in Italy when this work was created. Then it explores what is considered "Machiavellian" behavior and applies it to today's political leaders in the US. Next, the paper suggests way the text of "The Prince" may be read, such as a tract regarding governmental motive. Finally, the paper discusses the characteristics of an effective leader. The paper concludes by stating that the text shows a clear desire for a strong state with a strong leader at its helm.


A Replacement of Moral Virtue with Machiavellian Ethics
The Responsibility of Government
A Synthesis

From the Paper:

"Arguably the most common interpretation of The Prince, and the one that gave rise to the term "Machiavellian" and its current meaning of unscrupulous political opportunism and authoritarianism, is that Machiavelli asserts a right for the prince to wield what is essentially absolute power, and to use any necessary and effective means for obtaining and keeping that power. He insists, for instance, that princes who obtain foreign lands should weaken that lands neighbors wherever possible, in order to be their leader and defender. He also speaks many times about the importance of appearing one way while actually being the exact opposite, such as appearing liberal with money while actually being a spendthrift.
"This type of Machiavellian behavior can clearly be seen by many Republicans in the current climate, who decry the national deficit as the work of the Democrats who are now in power despite having helped to create this deficit themselves, despite much protest on the part of Democrats. Such shrewdness, Machiavelli contends, is necessary for power in a civil principality. He also suggests that creating a need for protection can bind a people to an unfavorable ruler, which can certainly be seen to apply to many modern political situations, including that of budget worries. This way, Machiavelli contends, the people will be friendly to the leader during times of trouble; protecting them during seeming bad times leads to the prince's own protection at the hands of the people during actual bad times."

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