Hitler Was A Man Of The People

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Hitler was a man of the people. He was a great orator and was talented at public speaking. Using that gift he was able to rally a crippled Germany behind him to become one of the world’s strongest super powers pre WWII. Hitler was loved by his people and feared by his enemies. His following of those early philosophers was how he founded the Nazi party. He would have pleased Machiavelli with his ability to be both the fox and the lion. Hitler was cunning and smart, he was able to turn himself around from seemingly homeless to the head of the German state. He was also able to rally the Germans behind him, he was courageous and strong and that appealed to the German people. “Extinguish the line of Princes” was a quote from Machiavelli meaning that the new Prince, in an effort to maintain his position, should remove anyone who posed a threat to his power. Hitler did just that when he elected himself Dictator and dissolved the parliament beneath him. He gave himself ultimate control over Germany. Hitler would have disappointed Machiavelli by being reckless. All of Machiavelli’s work boils down to a Prince gaining power and using any means necessary to keep it. The German war machine, while would have been impressive, caused Hitler to fall to exactly what Machiavelli warned against. Machiavelli is quoted saying “He who is blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.” Such a quote is very fitting of
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