How Did Machiavelli's Political Views Influence American Politics Today?

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In “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli, Machiavelli writes about 16th century principalities and how its princes should act. However, while these ideals may seem dated, Machiavelli’s description holds many similarities and differences to American politics today. Machiavelli’s views on republics serve as the first difference between his political views and the American government. Machiavelli generally puts those in a republic in a negative light by claiming that the subjects of a republic are not used to standing up for themselves and cannot agree to give themselves a leader. Therefore, it is not a sturdy government to capture. Instead of finding the idea of no singular person being a leader a good way to ensure statewide cooperation and content, Machiavelli claims that, “In republics there is more vitality, greater hatred, and more desire for vengeance,” (Machiavelli, Chapter V). Which is a far cry to the American government’s oath to all of its freedoms and liberties. Machiavelli moves on to say that the safest way to capture a republic state is to destroy it altogether. This shows his views on republics are very much negative and that he believes they are almost a nuisance to a prince trying to maintain a state. Of course this is a drastic difference to the American government, where its subjects thrive in a republic. In other words, while Machiavelli believes no state could be maintained as a republic, the American government proves that it could still be…show more content…
This being said, it also holds many truths and even problems about America today, even though it is written for a much older and ancient time. Although Machiavelli may have never thought for government to become the way it is today, many could learn from his writings on how to better our government one step at a time perhaps through learning from his teachings or against
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