A Follower Of The Prince Analysis

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Gür Ağcı Ms. Amy 12 Advanced English 11 May 2015 YEARLY PROJECT Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: A Follower of The Prince One of the most notable philosophers of the Renaissance age, Machiavelli truly opened a new era in political philosophy. Up until then, philosophers such as Rousseau, Marx and Plato elaborated on the ideal instead of basing their ideas on real life events. Machiavelli objected his predecessors and defended: “There is such a gap between how one lives and how one should live that he who neglects what is being done for what should be done will learn his destruction rather than this preservation” (Machiavelli, 72). In this sense, Machiavelli introduced the term political realism. In his most established work The Prince, he outlined…show more content…
Machiavelli claimed that it is desirable to be both loved and feared by one’s subjects; however, it is difficult to achieve both. Machiavelli declared that it is safer to be feared than to be loved if one of the two is lacking since love is temporary but fear is constant. On Chapter 17 (Of Cruelty and Mercy and Whether it is Better to be Loved Than Feared or the Contrary) he underlined that men are ungrateful, fickle liars and deceivers who are dangerous and greedy for profit. People will love a prince; offer him their children, blood, possessions, life and money as long as the prince serves their welfare. If this requirement is not satisfied then the supporters will shortly betray the prince. He stressed: “…love is held by a link of obligation…but fear is held by a dread of punishment which will never leave you” (Machiavelli, 78). On Chapters 7, 8 and 17 Machiavelli talks about Cesar Borgia, the ruler of Romagna. Cesar literally cut one of his ministers in half and placed the body one morning to Piazza Cesena for everyone to see, which feared Borgia’s adversaries. Similarly, Erdoğan successfully silenced the opposing voices by oppressing media. Before his rule began in 2002, Turkey was ranked 99th in the press freedom index. However in 2014, the country backed to the 154th place (Press Freedom Index 2002-2014). Many important anchormen and anchorwomen from major news channels such as CNN Turk, NTV and BBC Turkey were fired due to their opposing views. During the Gezi Protests these notable news channels were hesitant to send reporters to the park and live-stream the events due to the brutal police, using chemicals and pepper spray to severely injure the journalists and other protestors. To ban the people from learning the events through social media, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook were banned. The government
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