The Tyrannical Philosophies Of The Arab Spring Essay

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The Tyrannical Philosophies of The Arab Spring
Both Niccolo Machiavelli 's “The Prince” Étienne de La Boéties work “The Politics of Obedience” discuss the philosophical views behind a tyrant and the effect of this political structure on the people being ruled. While Machiavelli seems to focus on the techniques tyrants use to maintain power keep their elite status, La Boéties discusses the approach from the point of view of the people being ruled over. Both pieces give the audience an insight into the possible reasons tyrants can maintain power and how they can lose it.
One famous metaphor Machiavelli uses to demonstrate the possible characteristics of a tyrant is through his description of the necessity for a successful tyrant to maintain a duality nature when addressing his people. “The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. The wolf represents the cunning aspect of the ruler require to recognize oppositions to his power and act upon these acts in order to maintain his rule. In addition, Machiavelli believes a Tyrant must be able to act upon the wickedness of peoples deceitful nature and act with force to situations where he senses a disadvantageous outcome. However, although the author seems to discuss the Tyrant as a powerful and deceitful character, Machiavelli believes that although a tyrant may harbor the qualities of both a wolf and a lion, he must also be careful of his portrayal to the general public. He must be able…

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