Jefferson and Machiavelli's Great Leader Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Jefferson and Machiavelli's Great Leader
A comparison of Machiavelli's vision of a great leader with Landy & Milkis' portrait of Jefferson.
# 35385 | 650 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper shows how former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson does not live up to Niccolo Machiavelli's vision of a great leader.
The paper examines Landy and Milkis' argument in favor of Jefferson but discusses how it does not fulfill Machiavelli's requirements of a conqueror and leader.

From the Paper:

"To be "great," a President must effectuate fundamental change in how Americans view their government. The problem is that this standard excludes Chief Executives whose achievements were critically important to the nation but that occurred within the existing understanding of Constitutional relationships. a President who merely faces a nation-threatening international crisis, makes the right choices on how to meet that crisis, implements those choices by working cooperatively with a Congress controlled for half of his term by the opposite party, and forges such a consensus around his actions that it forms the bedrock of national policy for nearly half a century, cannot be considered "great.
"Landy and Milkis' argument in favor of Jefferson boils down to two achievements: he built the (original) Republican party, thus establishing a basis for popular government; and he expanded the size of the country via the Louisiana Purchase. But, as the authors point out, much of Jefferson's party-building took place not during his Presidency, but rather when he was in opposition, in the 1790s; and they admit that Madison shares much of the credit for party-building."

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