Essay on Jefferson vs. Macheveli

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Thomas Jefferson and Niccolo Machiavelli share similar and different thoughts on how a government should run. On how the government should function. From the rule of the government the rule of the people. However Machiavelli's essay is more cynical, while on the other hand Jefferson is more logical. We might live in a Machiavellian world but it all depends on what people believe in. Personally I believe that Machiavelli's philosophy is cynical compared to Jefferson, Therefore I believe more in Jefferson's piece which is far more realistic although Machiavelli still catches realism in the world we live today. “We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all mean are created equal....” One of Thomas Jefferson's examples of …show more content…
Jefferson preached that “..all men are created equal..”. Although ,now looking at Niccolo Machiavelli's way of thinking, his view on a function of government, which is way more different than Jefferson's view. “It is better to be feared than to be loved..”. In my opinion I believe that Machiavelli is meaning- as we all know, the feeling of “love” can be easily broken should a certain circumstance occur but the fear has the ability to take a hold of us and is very hard to break, in contrast to love. Machiavelli believed that it was much safer to be feared than loved. For example President George W. Bush provides an excellent vehicle for Machiavelli's question, Is it better to be feared than loved? It was clear the the Bush Administration chose to be feared than to be loved, which is to say it governed using the unilateral model. The Bush Administration followed its own view of how best to proceed regarding detainee treatment .The Administration did not go to Congress to seek legal authorization for its policies and programs. The President followed the unilateral model not simply to establish the kinds of military commissions he wanted , but also to vindicate his broad theory of unilateral presidential power. A modern day example would be with President Barack Obama, 4 years ago everyone loved him, he said that he would change things in the economy, he

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