Compare And Contrast Machiavelli And Hobbes

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Hello Thomas, good question. While I do not believe that an absolute monarchy or some other totalitarian government is necessary for the running of the state. I do believe that both Hobbes and Machiavelli had a point to promoting a more centralized state, in an effort to be able to field national armies. If you look at the medieval ages, power was extremely decentralized. This created a system were there were many different centres of power in one country, all who had armies to fight for their interest. This made the era naturally chaotic and dangerous for the average person. A strong centralized state would have the ability to field national armies who would have a monopoly on force in their respective countries. Machiavelli pointed
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