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Machiavelli Project

Machiavelli and Andrew Jackson connections.
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Ginny Brueck

on 13 December 2012

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Transcript of Machiavelli Project

Machiavelli vs. Andrew Jackson The Three References Andrew Jackson took one of Machiavelli's theories into his own hands.
"Ends justified the means," meaning if something is important enough, the greatness of the achievement will outweigh the cost it took to achieve. Thesis "It is best to be both feared and loved; however, if one cannot be both it is better to be feared than loved." Connections between Machiavelli and Andrew Jackson Machiavelli understood the psychology of power and was a master of applying political power, but I'm not sure he fully understood why some crave it beyond all reason. All tyrants and most powerful politicians would agree with Machiavelli's adage of preferring to be "feared rather than loved" but, conversely, it is probably a longing to be loved that drives them. And once such personalities taste power, they crave more and more of it, at once an armour against their deep vulnerability and a weapon to crush any who thwart or even question them. Going back to my thesis statement, both believed that "ends justified the means." Machiavelli's view of a leader "A prince should prefer being feared rather than being loved." Andrew Jackson *14 year old Andrew and his older brother Robert were captured by British soldiers in the Battle of Hanging Rock and badly treated by the British. "A prince must not have any other object nor any other thought...but war, its institutions, and its discipline; because that is the only art befitting one who commands." "If any injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared." * He defeated the Indians at Horseshoe Bend in 1814 and subsequently became a major general. * In 1830, Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which authorized the forced removal of Native Americans living in the eastern part of the country to lands west of the Mississippi River which led to the infamous Trails of Tears.
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