The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli Analysis

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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 …show more content…
One piece of advice that Machiavelli gives in his book is to, "...I say that it would be well to be reputed liberal," (Machiavelli, 74). While the Bush administration did not exactly follow this bit of advice since many Americans blame him for the economic downfall in 2008, the Obama administration has passed the Affordable Care Act. This has helped millions of people with no health insurance and those with insurance that does not pay for very much. Because of the Affordable Care Act, "...many fewer people will be underinsured," (Cohn, n.p.). This act that the Obama administration passed helped millions of American who didn 't have health care. As a result, many people, specifically the democrats and those who needed less expensive health care, were very pleased with it. However, there is no way one person can please every person within his/her state, so there are several Americans who weren 't satisfied with the Affordable Care Act, but a majority were. Consequently, Obama follows Machiavelli 's piece of advice quite …show more content…
also adheres to what the author says about armies. In chapter XII of The Prince Machiavelli says that, “I say, therefore, that the arms with which a prince defends his state are either his own…” (Machiavelli, 55). While there obviously is not a Prince in the U.S., the U.S. president still commands the military. Machiavelli says that a state will not survive without its own army or military to protect it. In the U.S. constitution there is a part that states, “The Congress shall have Power To…raise and support Armies… (Owens, n.p.). This article in the Constitution reflects Machiavelli’s thoughts on how to run a “principality.” It shows that, again, the U.S. took Machiavelli’s advice to

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