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Machiavelli believes the ruling Prince should be the sole authority determining every aspect of the state and put in effect a policy which would serve his best interests. These interests were gaining, maintaining, and expanding his political power. Machiavelli strongly promoted a secular society and felt morality was not necessary but in fact stood in the way of an effectively governed principality.
If a prince can not be both feared and loved, Machiavelli suggests, it would be better for him to be feared bey the citizens within his own principality. He makes the generalization that men are, " Men worry less about doing an injury to one who makes himself loved than to one who makes himself feared.
The bond of love is one which men, wretched creatures they are, break when it is to their advantage to do so; but fear is strengthened by a dread of punishment which is always effective. One way is to " Machiavelli postulates that a prince must also deceive those who attempt to flatter him.
But he should also question them toughly and listen to what they say; then he should make up his own mind. Machiavelli discourages action to taken otherwise " He laid aside the Medieval conception "of the state as a necessary creation for humankinds spiritual, material, and social well-being.
His views were to the benefit of the prince, in helping him maintain power rather than to serve to the well being of the citizens.
Machiavelli promoted his belief by stating: The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among those who are not virtuous.
Therefore, if a prince wants to maintain his rule he must learn not to be so virtuous, and to make use of this or not according to need.
He felt that his suggestions would provide a frame work for a future prince of Italy to bring about political stability.
Italy is waiting to see who can be the one to heal her wounds, put and end to the sacking of Lombardy, to extortion in the Kingdom and in Tuscany, and cleanse those sores which have been festering so long. See how Italy beseeches God to send someone to save her from those barbarous cruelties and outrages; see how eager and willing the country is to follow a banner, if someone will raise it.
One way of maintaining control of was to institute a secular form of government. This would allow the prince to govern without being morally bound. Machiavelli, however felt that people generally tended to work for their own best interests and gave little obligation to the well being of the state.
Although Machiavelli doubted that this form of government could ever be established it did appear several years after he wrote The Prince.To discern the meaning of this malaise we must investigate the nature of liberal democracy, says the author of this provocative book, and he undertakes to do so through a detailed investigation of the thinking of Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Tocqueville.
In his introduction to this new translation by Russell Price, Professor Skinner presents a lucid analysis of Machiavelli's text as a response both to the world of Florentine politics, and as an attack on the advice-books for princes published by a number of his contemporaries.
The interactive version of the Master Works of Western Civilization Web page is now in the prototype stage. Features and data are still being added, but the page is interesting and useful as it now stands. Niccolo Machiavelli, "Discourses of the First Ten Books of Titus Livius" in The Historical, Political, and Diplomatic Writings of Niccolo Machiavelli, tr.
from the Italian, by Christian E. Detmold (Boston, J.
R. Osgood and company, ). Vol. In The Prince, Niccolo analyzes human nature in order to formulate his advice for rulers. He points out a number of traits that he believes are common in people. He points out a number of traits that he believes are common in people.
Machiavelli's view of human nature was not in accord to that of humanists who felt that an individual could greatly contribute to the well being of the society. Machiavelli, however felt that people generally tended to work for their own best interests and gave little obligation to the well being of the state.