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Analysis Of Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

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When Niccolo Machiavelli wrote his famous publication The Prince in 1513, he never could have imagined his novel’s legacy, especially in a postmodern world consisting of a majority of democracies rather than oligarchies. More than merely a testament to Renaissance history, the book’s advice is surprisingly pertinent to modern politics, especially concerning partisan feuds within the US. Perhaps the most recently recognized example of this phenomenon is Donald Trump’s controversy over his acceptance of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer’s and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s debt deal. This debt deal passed on September 6th and provided aid for hurricane Harvey victims and raised the debt ceiling (the limit of money the US government can borrow) for three months. Trump accepted the Democrat’s deal just a few hours after it was proposed to him without negotiation or counter-offers - an action nearly unprecedented among Trump’s administration, causing much chagrin among the Republican party, many of whom were highly opposed to raising the debt ceiling. When analyzing Trump’s decision, however, one can conclude his unusual cooperation with the Democrat’s is not foolish, as many have criticized; it is nothing short of Machiavellian. Trump’s actions concerning the Schumer-Pelosi debt deal are arguably verbatim from Machiavelli’s The Prince, based not on the traditional Republican goals to benefit the party, but only to benefit Trump himself. When examining Trump’s
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