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What were the main ideas of The Prince by Machiavelli?

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Rosa Figueroa

on 11 April 2014

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Transcript of What were the main ideas of The Prince by Machiavelli?

Machiavelli's primary assertion is that a leader is there to make the difficult decisions for his subjects. it is not his responsibility to be liked or loved, but instead to be feared and respected.
that isn't to say that he should be cruel. the prince is there to provide for his subjects stability and governence.
What were the main ideas of The Prince by Machiavelli?
Which view do you think helps us judge today how effective an elected official is?
Elections present voters with important choices. Whether it is a local race that will affect your community or a national race that could change the direction of the country it is a time to consider the issues which you care about and decide which candidate you support.
How do you think we should expect elected officials to act? Do you support a Machiavellian leader or a leader held accountable for ethical behavior?
We should expect elected officials to be strong, confident, and to have an intense willpower. I powerfully believe in a Machiavellian leader. Most people who are elected now put on a facade to get elected, then try and shape their country into the way they want it. Leaders should be respected. If they can get the job done, they will be a great leader.
How did Machiavelli challenge that view?
The normal view of political figures during the Renaissance was that they had to be specifically virtuous. Meaning they had to be liked or loved. Machiavelli had a different idea. He believed that a leaders people should not only respect him, but also fear him. He served in a number of minor government positions, and was banished or imprisoned at various points of his career. One of his most notable positions was serving as a sort of political advisor to the Borgia family.

Rosa Figueroa
Machiavelli the Prince
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