Machiavelli 's Advice And Its Effectiveness On Modern Politics

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Machiavelli’s Advice and its Effectiveness on Modern Politics In “The Qualities of the Prince,” Niccolò Machiavelli argues that although a prince would ideally want to be characterized as possessing the qualities of virtue and righteousness, he must also be willing to resort to actions that are immoral or deceitful in order to maintain power. Although having qualities of vice might damage the reputation of a leader temporarily, Machiavelli argues that it will lead to the rise and success of a leader in the long run. For instance, he supports the negative reputation that a leader might get from being cruel, miserly, and untruthful over the positive reputation that a leader might get from being generous, kind and trustworthy. Despite Machiavelli blatantly disregarding the civil rights of citizens, the advice that he gives is surprisingly still relevant to modern politics even after half a millennium. Machiavelli first warns leaders to beware of excessive generosity. Although many would believe that a generous leader would be loved and respected by his subjects, Machiavelli argues that it is also generates unfulfillable expectations, which will eventually lead to the downfall of a leader. For example, he states that “there is nothing that uses itself up faster than generosity, for as you employ it you lose the means of employing it, and you become either poor or despised or, in order to escape poverty, rapacious and hated” (226). Although being recognized as a miser will…

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