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Ideas Of Government In The Prince

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Modern-day society is corrupt. It is sad and unfortunate, but it is true. The global economy is suffering an international meltdown. Egypt is at war with itself. AIDS infections are at an all-time high, as are divorce and suicide rates. Optimism is becoming less and less of an option for most individuals. Put flatly, the world is in chaos, and it is not showing any signs of getting better. Because of this, the hope of one day living in an “ideal society” is today thought of as no more than a fantasy to most people. Since the inception of politics, philosophers and rulers have dreamed and argued over what it would take to perfect a society, but illogical worldviews have been limiting progress. Plato designed a Republic on the basis of philosophical reasoning, believing that wisened thought alone can maintain order; Catholic radicals argued that ideals should be based on the texts of the Church and Pope. Machiavelli, however, realized that none of these systems could possibly work, and so designed his own ideology on what could make the perfect society. He argues that the actions and virtues of rulers, or “Princes,” should be based on what has worked throughout history, and should not be based on unrealistic expectations. This is a very scientific means of establishing a more ideal society, and as Machiavelli ultimately proves, it is the most rational means of creating a more perfect State.

History is littered with examples of good rulers, and with that, numerous examples of bad rulers. There are countless benefits to studying history, and though some may argue about the implications of various events, it is generally agreed that history allows societies and individuals to understand, and learn from, the mistakes of the past. In chapter five of Machiavelli's The Prince, Machiavelli makes this point clear by highlighting the various means of capturing and controlling a State. For example, Machiavelli explains that for a Prince to effectively hold a State that is not his own, it must first be destroyed. He then writes that “Such a Government, since it is the creature of the new Prince, will see that it cannot stand without his protection and support, and must therefore do all it can to maintain him” (Machiavelli 11). This means that only a State that needs a Prince—a destroyed State—will be willing to accept a new Prince. Though this is a controversial claim, Machiavelli makes his case by providing various examples from history of him being correct. For example, he highlights the Romans, and explains that they, “to retain Capua, Carthage, and Numantia, destroyed them and never lost them” (Machiavelli 11). However, when they tried hold Greece, they wanted to keep it intact, and let it continue on like it did under Sparta's control. Unfortunately for Rome, they failed, and they “had to destroy many cities of that Province before they could [resecure] it” (Machiavelli 11). Had Rome been less merciful on Greece, they would have likely been much more...

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