Essay on The Leviathan By Hobbes And Machiavelli 's The Prince

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After reading The Leviathan by Hobbes and the Machiavelli’s The Prince and the Discourses I would argue that the two authors have a similar view on how fear is politically relevant. What makes fear relevant to Machiavelli and Hobbes is that they believe that fear is necessary for a sovereign or a prince to stay in power. The two authors also believe that it is needed to keep the subjects in check and to keep them complacent. Today however there are people who question if fear is politically relevant today. To them I would say that fear still holds a lot of influence in how governments are ran as well as people holding their political position. There is one large being the international system and the way governments act. There are also events that have occurred that people where people have given up their freedoms to stray away from fear. When it comes to the international system, I feel Machiavelli covers it better and when it comes to relinquishing freedoms based on action Hobbs covers it better. To understand there must be a discussion on what the two authors takes on fear are.
Machiavelli’s Take on Fear Machiavelli in The Prince and the Discourses believed that there was two ways a prince can rule with either love or fear. He believed that it was better to be feared instead of loved. “From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved more than feared or feared more than love. The reply is, that one ought to be both feared and loved, but as…

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