More advice given to the prince by Machiavelli was on general good governance, meaning how to rule, all supported by historical examples. He writes, "…the prince will avail himself of the occasion… to secure himself, with less consideration for
Niccolo Machiavelli, an Italian diplomat, and political theorist wrote: “The Prince” in 1513, which was published in 1532 five years after his death. It is said that he wrote, “The Prince” to return to reclaim backing from The House of Medici and return to his political position. According to Machiavelli, it is important that he understands how not to get a bad reputation due to having such a vice that deprives him of the position. However, he states that a prince should not be troubled if a bad reputation precedes him.
A famous aristocrat named, Niccolo Machiavelli, wrote the book, “The Prince (1513), his most celebrated work, was a general treatise on the qualities the prince (that is, ruler) must have to maintain his power” Jacobus (84). Within this essay, he writes about the “Qualities of the Prince,” which is a guide for princes and future princes to follow, in order to be successful and keep their power. Machiavelli is very practical in his way of thinking, and doesn’t recommend princes to be good, on the contrary he suggests for them to be very practical. He states they should ensure power by direct and effective means. Modern politicians are likely to succeed by following most of Machiavelli’s recommendations. One
Machiavelli’s The Prince, guided me to become a better leader. Some consider him as an opportunist or manipulative, while others like me see him as a great influence in the history of politics. Moreover, I learned four leadership lessons from his book and applied them to my life. I chose these lessons because I feel that they are ultimately important for anyone ruling a country or trying to become a successful leader. For instance, to be feared is key to ruling, princes must avoid making themselves hated by powerful people, choose wise advisors, and read to become wiser.
What’s better than the sweet taste of power? According to Machiavelli, nothing seems to compare to the high power brings. Many leaders throughout history perfectly embodied some of his truths and remained in power. Though their tactics were questionable and brought plenty of tragedies one could argue that they produced great leaders.But are Machiavelli’s ideas still relevant? Yes, they’re arguably more relevant than they've ever been. Machiavelli’s tactic, though extreme, are relevant in the modern age because they appear in foreign nations, early age influences, and American politics.
Niccolo Machiavelli is a very pragmatic political theorist. His political theories are directly related to the current bad state of affairs in Italy that is in dire need of a new ruler to help bring order to the country. Some of his philosophies may sound extreme and many people may call him evil, but the truth is that Niccolo Machiavelli’s writings are only aimed at fixing the current corruptions and cruelties that filled the Italian community, and has written what he believed to be the most practical and efficient way to deal with it. Three points that Machiavelli illustrates in his book The Prince is first, that “it is better to be feared then loved,”# the second
Much of modern political thought is attributed to Niccolo Machiavelli, and it is easy to see why that is he from his writings and thoughts in the Prince to the Discourses. In his writings, he starts in the prince by suggesting that one person should lead a country. For that, alone many would disregard Machiavelli for saying that an authoritarian leader would be able to govern best. Since in today's world, we find democratic societies in many different forms, and for anyone to say that an autocratic ruler would be best to run a country is heresy. Machiavelli though was not incompetent and put much thought into his writings. He showed evolving views in the Discourses turning to "ancient knowledge and experience as the first step to applying reason to politics (Sellers)."
Niccolò Machiavelli, established himself as a prominent Renaissance figure when his book The Prince, shared his political philosophies on how to gain and retain power. The “Princely Virtues” were a set of standards that discussed what he considered to be good and bad characteristics of a ruler. Ultimately, Machiavelli explained that morals were not always required to play a part in politics, which in contrast opposed many principles established by his predecessors. Some of the listed characteristics contest his views, meanwhile others disagree. According to Machiavelli’s opinions, always acting moral will ruin a person as the number of immoral people in the world outweigh the good. Machiavelli writes “Other things seem to be vices, yet if put into practice will bring the prince security and well-being,” (186). In this case, if a ruler has the desire to keep his status, he must learn not to be virtuous when it is required. From Machiavelli’s notion, four “positive” attributes a ruler should acquire are cruelty rather than compassion, egoism instead of philanthropy, greediness versus being open-handed, and finally, inflexibility in preference to being easy to deal with. Machiavelli stands by these rules, as he knows a feared leader is more beneficial than a beloved leader. For example, a compassionate, philanthropic leader implies generosity to the people. If the
The Qualities of the Prince, written by Niccolo Machiavelli, is “one of his most celebrated works” (Prince 219). Machiavelli’s work includes two contrasting forces called luck and character. When Machiavelli mentions luck, he means one’s fortune, chance, or fate. Machiavelli also includes character; one’s virtues or life values. Machiavelli writes about how a Prince should be. Many princes are considered extremely virtuous or extremely cruel:
He believed the choice had to be made between being loved or being feared where being feared was the better choice. Machiavellianism is a personality trait where the use of manipulation to achieve power. According to Machiavelli, the ideal prince is meant to be ruthless and willing to achieve this power because if an individual begins to show the need for help; others will turn against you. He also stresses how a Prince should be dishonest telling his people what they want to hear, but in a manner that his people still believe he is honest. The appearance of a leader is important because the people will admire you because of your strength in character and nobility.
In The Prince, Machiavelli’s primary focus is on how a prince should act when exercising his political power. Machiavelli argues that a prince should first separate his public and private life. Therefore, a prince must be willing to deceive his people in thinking he is the best suited leader. Although a prince may need to act immoral at times, he must not abuse his power. A prince must only practice acts of manipulation, coercion, and deceit, to protect his power.
Relying on the needs of the society of that time, Machiavelli comes to the conclusion that the most important task is the formation of a single Italian state (Machiavelli 15). Developing his thoughts, the author comes to the following inference: only a prince can become a leader capable of leading people and building a unified state. It is not a concrete historical personality but someone abstract, symbolic, possessing such qualities that in the aggregate are inaccessible to any living ruler. That is why Machiavelli devotes most of his research to the issue of what qualities should the prince possess to fulfill the historical task of developing a new state. The written work is constructed strictly logically and objectively. Even though the image of an ideal prince is abstract, Machiavelli argues that he should be ruthless, deceiving, and selfish.
Over the past two centuries, a common pattern has arisen among European leaders. Most of them have proven to have followed the reasoning of Niccoló Machiavelli, a renowned literarian. Machiavelli had a deep understanding of what it took to be a leader and maintain control. He put this understanding into The Prince, a book giving advice to leaders on how to gain and maintain power over a state. Joseph Stalin lead the Soviet Union as a Machiavellian leader. He followed many of the steps described by Machiavelli and prospered. Stalin is known as one the most cruel dictators in history and was widely feared by his people. He built his way
In The Prince, Machiavelli explains what a good and successful prince should be like. He advocates a strong, cutthroat authority figure and encourages the winning of power by any means necessary. The main theme in The Prince is that mob rule is dangerous, for people know only what is good for themselves and not what is good for the whole. The common people, in Machiavelli’s view, “are ungrateful, fickle, liars, and deceivers, they shun danger and are greedy for profit; while you treat them well, they are yours”. He believes that these commoners should be
If someone is loved as a leader, they have a certain image to uphold. If people disagree with their choices, they may try and get that person out of office. This is shown in The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar during Brutus' funeral speech for Caesar, he solemnly confessed "as he was/ valiant, I honor him: but, as he was ambitious, I/ slew him." (III, 2, 23-24) Brutus is saying that even though he loved Caesar, he killed him, because he was too ambitious. This means the ambition ruined Caesar's image to Brutus, causing Caesar's death. This is important because if people rule by fear, they won't have an image to uphold, and that can prevent their rule from ending prematurely. Moreover, love can make people neglectful towards major decisions that the leader makes.