The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli Essay

1247 Words Oct 25th, 2015 5 Pages
America, the richest country in the world, and the most successful lasting democracy. From 1776, the U.S. has withstood a Civil War, political turmoil, social injustice and much more. In The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, he describes what makes a poor ruler versus what makes a great ruler. Even in a democracy like America, there are many similarities and differences between The Prince and the past two presidents in America. The United States has, also, followed parts of what Machiavelli has said; while it has also disregarded much of what Machiavelli has said. The Prince gives great advice to new nations that the U.S. has, inadvertently, adhered or disregarded depending on the situation. In history and modern day, there are many similarities and differences between the advice Machiavelli gives in the Prince and how the presidential administrations run The White House. The U.S. is forced to dismiss many parts of the Prince due to it being a republic and not a monarchy. For example, Machiavelli talks about, “...there are fewer difficulties in holding hereditary states...," (Machiavelli, 2). Since the U.S. is a republic, the country can ignore this little tidbit about inheriting a kingdom, because the presidents only stay for two four-year terms. The citizens in the U.S. must elect the former president 's child if he wants to become president. Admittedly, if the people respect and like the former president they are more likely to vote for one of their children.
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