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The Prince, John Locke's Second Treatise On Government

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Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince, John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government and Karl Marx and Frederick Engels’ The Communist Manifesto were each written roughly hundreds of years apart, but they all seem to connect as a whole. The differences in ideas and opinions each author shared can only lead the reader to question how each author would criticize the writings of their counterparts. For example, where Machiavelli would write about what it took to be a powerful leader, Locke would focus on what it took to be a fair leader. Additionally, one could say that Marx and Engels challenged Locke’s views on ownership of private property. Machiavelli’s tone throughout The Prince was pessimistic. He believed humans were only capable of evil and
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