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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince: A Guide To Being An Effective Ruler

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“The Prince”, by Niccolo Machiavelli, is a series of letters written to the current ruler of Italy, Lorenzo de’ Medici. These letters are a “how-to” guide on what to do and what not to do. He uses examples to further express his views on the subject. The main purpose was to inform the reader how to effectively rule and be an acceptable Prince. Any ruler who wishes to keep absolute control of his principality must use not only wisdom and skill, but cunning and cruelness through fear rather than love. Machiavelli writes this book as his summary of all the deeds of great men.
Machiavelli’s ultimate goal is to inform the Prince on how to keep his principality and assure his spot. The Prince needs to maintain power and can do anything to get and keep it, as long as it doesn’t affect his subjects negatively. Some methods can be steal land, make empty promises, and cheat people in order to stay on top. Machiavelli says “The Principle foundations that all States have, as well new, as old, or mixt are good laws, and good armes; and because there cannot be good laws where there are good armes; and where there are good armes, there must be good laws.” (Letter 12) Without good armies there cannot be good laws, but if a state has a strong army, that shows the state has good laws that are enforced.It is crucial to lay down a solid foundation, because after he has spent so long clawing his way to the top, he wouldn’t want all of it come crashing down. This means eliminating rivals and winning followers. Machiavelli says “They who by fortune only becomes Princes of private men, with small pains to attain is, but have much ado to maintain themselves in it; and find no difficulty at all in the way, because they are carried thither with wings: but all the difficulties arrive there, after they are plac’d in them.” This means that if someone is blessed with fortune on the way up, where he was pleasing the people and is easy. Staying on top, that’s the challenge. The Prince is faced with more problems and tests to get through in order to keep his position locked. Fortune, according to Machiavelli, has a lot to do with becoming a Prince. There could be two people doing the same exact things correctly, but only one succeeds and keeps his position as ruler.
Machiavelli’s view of the Republic seems to be negative. In a Republic, people are used to making their own decisions and making their own laws. Machiavelli thinks that when a Prince comes to rule a new Principality,that was formerly a Republic, they should either destroy the Republic or let them use their own laws, with the exceptions that they have an oligarchy and high taxes. Machiavelli says: “When those States that are conquered…have been accustomed to live under their own Laws…there are three ways to for a man to hold them. The first is to demolish all their strong places; the other, personally goe and dwell there; the third, to suffer them to live under their own Laws, drawing from...

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