The Presidential Election : George Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

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The current 2016 presidential election season is one that has been marked by controversy and unconventional politics. Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, is not a politician, nor has he used the traditional practices of politicians during his campaign. Trump’s unlikely road to the Republican nomination has been questioned by common folk and political analysts alike. Some call Trump “insane,” some call him “brilliant,” but among the words tossed around to describe Trump, “Machiavellian” comes up quite a bit. Machiavellian refers to ideologies suggested in Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince. In The Prince, Machiavelli describes what he thinks are the best ways to acquire and maintain political power. While Trump has often times been described as a Machiavellian, Machiavelli himself would not be entirely impressed with Trump’s rise to greatness and his attitudes towards becoming president. Niccolò Machiavelli would likely urge Trump to brace himself for opposition from “traditional politicians,” be conscious of his inexperience as a leader, increase his knowledge of war strategies and be aware of people working in their own self-interest when choosing advisors. In chapter three of The Prince, Machiavelli concludes that a new prince will encounter more problems than a hereditary prince. In Machiavelli’s case, a new prince refers to someone who seizes control from a hereditary prince, a ruler who has been ruling inherently. Machiavelli notes that this new prince may be able…

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