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Gandhi vs Machiavelli

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Lucas Buffalo

on 17 March 2013

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Transcript of Gandhi vs Machiavelli

Lucas Wylie Mahatma Gandhi Machiavelli's Leader "Thus a prince should have no other object, nor any other thought, nor take anything else as his art but that of war and its orders and discipline..." Thesis -Must have no other thought or goal other than war, its rules, and upholding the state
-Must be able to make amoral decisions if such decisions will maintain stability and a virtuous state
-May be necessary to use violence and amoral acts to lead
-Must put interests of the state over ethics
-Assume that men are evil and by nature should not be trusted Gandhi as a leader
-Peace is everything and can solve everything
-Morality is something that should be upheld at all costs
-Violence is never the solution
-Leaders should rule with compassion and understanding In this Machiavelli makes the point that the reason for a leader to exist is for the preservation of his state. Machiavelli does not believe that the state can be preserved by anything except violence and war. If the leader is truly a master at war and only deals with it then the state will survive. Gandhi is not Machiavellian because Gandhi believes in the good nature of humans, nonviolence, moral solutions, and leaders who rule with compassion "...men [are] ungrateful, fickle, false, cowardly, covetous.." In the quote above Machiavelli expresses his view of humans and their nature. He is referring to his previous statement that because it is hard to be both feared and loved as a ruler then it is better to be feared. It is better to be feared because men by their nature are the characteristics described in the above quote. "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a view drops of the ocean or dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." In the quote above Gandhi expresses his view on Humans and their nature. He believes that even though humans make mistakes and can be held accountable for them they are at heart good and should be viewed as such. He also make the point that as a whole their are only a view truly bad people and they do not make everybody bad. "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of mass destruction devised by the ingenuity of man." Gandhi strongly believed that violence was never a solution and should under no circumstance be used. He also believed that in the face of violence a non-violent solution could be found, and war is never an option. "...A prudent lord, therefore, cannot observe faith, nor should he, when such observances turn against him...men are so simple and so obedient to present necessities that he who deceives will always find someone who will let himself be deceived." In this quote Machiavelli describes the fact that you cannot rule without lying and often telling the truth brings about your downfall. He also makes the point that there are people out there that are easily deceived and that humans by nature are stupid and obedient. "It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence."
Gandhi believed that you should not lie and that doing so made you weaker. In this quote he explains that it is better to do something in which you have conviction and reason than do the opposite because you lack power in the former. SOURCES http://www.ewritegigs.com/comparison-essay-between-gandhi-and-machiavelli/
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