Arguments Against Machiavelli

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Michelina Miscia
Professor Gargola
History 104, 001
December 4th, 2014 To Be Feared or Loved?

Machiavelli tackles the question “is it better to be loved or feared by people?”. Giving his insight on the matter, it is clear to see the benefits and downside to both. Every prince should desire to be perceived as a kind ruler rather than cruel one. However, he must avoid misusing or overusing his compassion. Cesare Borgia was considered cruel, yet his oppressiveness ended up resulting in peace and unity in Romagna (Machiavelli,trans; W. K. Marriott). Meanwhile on the other hand of mercifulness, when the Florentines tried to avoid cruelty, this allowed Pistoia to be destroyed (Machiavelli,trans; W. K. Marriott). Machiavelli argues once a
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Within regard to war though, one’s army could never be considered too cruel, by keeping an army disciplined and united cruelty was required even that seen as inhumane(Machiavelli,trans; W. K. Marriott). Back to the peoples views no matter the strength of the loving bond they might of held for their prince, people simply will not follow orders if it means sacrificing their own prosperity. The threat of punishment demands orders to be followed, guaranteeing subjects compliance to the prince. This “the time isn't worth the crime” solution remains true in modern society. There are rules set up in every society that are meant to hinder deviance and maintain stability in the community. Most people today follow laws to fulfill their feelings of moral obligation or simply because they have respect for the system they live under. Whereas many others decide to follow laws in fear of the sanction or punishment they might face for breaking the law(Radelet,Lacock). This is seen typically as an argument that those in favor of capital punishment make in the United states. It is specifically argued that the use of the death penalty acts as a deterrent in contemporary society. Secondly if considering capital punishment in contemporary society, it also acts to discourage the general population from going forth committing capital crimes(Radelet,Lacock). Although truly there is no scientific evidence to back up this statement, it would suffice as an explanation to Machiavelli
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