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    However, the government style he creates in Prince contradicts with the republic he creates supports in Discourses. The Renaissance era, acknowledged for its confinement of numerous significant philosophers, such as Machiavelli, who believed to be the father of political science and a political philosopher (Potter, Barzun). Originally, Machiavelli wrote The Prince to aspire of obtaining the approval of the Medici family, and he intentionally constructed its assertions provoking…

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    tyrannical. According to McCormick in Machiavelli’s, The Discourses, Machiavelli uses Clearchus as an example of an ideal tyrant who wins the people over. Clearchus, who in the beginning sided with the grandi and was recruited to slay the people, switched sides and favored the people because he saw how their liberty was being taken away. Clearchus turns on the grandi and ends up slaying them instead. In The Prince, Machiavelli states that “men who receive good from one that they thought would…

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    Power is not evil, it is the user that makes it evil. Machiavelli, a controversial figure in political history left a legacy of brutal reality which disturbed many people. Niccolo Machiavelli’s, The Prince explores the groundbreaking ideas for a prince to secure the leading position in government and retain his power and leadership. Human nature combined with power has the possibility of becoming tragically destructive. However, that wreckage stems from the environment, and the actions…

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    Lao-Tzu Vs Machiavelli

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    Reading the works of Machiavelli and Lao-Tzu in succession highlight how truly at opposition the messages are. Though both pieces express the desired way to govern a people, the “Tao-te Ching” speaks of peace, simplicity, and letting the universe work its will, while “The Qualities of the Prince” emphasizes the necessity for war, and the natural wickedness of men. There are no particular reasons that these two ways of thought should be in harmony, one written in the 6th century, and the other…

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    Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince is a depiction of how a “prince” or namely anyone in a position of power is to act toward his subjects, army, adversaries, etc. The development of Machiavelli’s worldview can be better explained by his time spent as a diplomat, statesman, and prisoner, as his many interactions with individuals in positions of power led him to formulate his theories on power and how it should be maintained. The Prince was a unique piece of writing for its time, in what it praises…

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    Niccolò Machiavelli is known as the “father of modern political theory” and is known for writing The Prince. The Prince is known as an instruction manual on how to be a leader and how to run a government and dedicated the book Lorenzo de' Medici. The Prince has a lot of fantastic concepts and ideas however some of the concepts do not apply to today’s world. Businesses today need leaders that shows compassion and cares more about the workers than gaining more power. Compassion leaders are…

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    Machiavelli wrote his Discourses on Livy in 1517, as a response to the Roman historian Livy, in which he goes in depth about his take on republican ideals, including the guardianship of liberty, the effects of religion on the state, and the danger of conspiracies against the sovereign. He argues about who should be responsible for guarding the liberty of the republic, whether or not this power should reside with the people or the noble classes, using the political structure of ancient Rome and…

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    power to take hold. To take action against those who would challenge it, which had been done in the past, but had been put on the down low. Machiavelli was now living in a time in which the intentions of others was no longer down in the shadows, it was done right out in the open to let others see that you meant when you would outright declare others your enemy as the increasing power of the Papacy and Rising Empires expanded. The question of the ends justifying the means was the only way in…

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    Tumult is inherent in the conception of a free and thriving republic. In Niccolò Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy, this is a central claim as to how republics can remain successful. Machiavelli uses the Discourses as an opportunity to celebrate free states, and illustrate how these states came to being. He uses examples from the past as a key guide to determining the future for those in charge of establishing a republic. Specifically, Machiavelli likens the prowess of Rome to how a proper…

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    Dominance and Resistance in The Burial at Thebes and Hedda Gabler James C. Scott’s ‘Domination and the Arts of Resistance’ explores the discourse of domination and resistance, including the tension between the publicly exhibited dominant discourse, termed a “public transcript,” and the four types of political discourse prevalent among subordinate groups. The four types of discourse are self-image based discourse, the hidden transcript, in-between discourse, and ruptured discourse. For the…

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