In 1513 Machiavelli wrote what would become one of his most well-known works “The Prince,” in which Machiavelli voices his political concepts of ruling a country. “The Prince,” explains the political struggles of being ruled by callous leaders and power battles. “The Prince is considered a guide book to how leaders can gain and keep the power
It is better to be feared that to be loved, if you can’t be both. He should only be feared but not hated. The love could change as soon as the ruler withdrew benefits and concessions. Dishonesty and Fraud, according to Machiavelli, it was not always essential for a prince to be honest. Fraud was no dishonesty in politics.
In his case, he rushed the process of conquering the state, which led to his failure. It is evident that Duke Ludovico has stronger armies for he is the resident and more powerful. It is important that as a leader, one should be patient in attaining his goal.
This statement epitomizes the second martial theory; the Heroes. The Heroes view war in the simplest of terms as armed conflict with the objective to conquering the enemy in which the human elements, military genius, courage, military experience, morale and discipline is paramount. From a Heroes perspective war is an armed conflict towards the achievement of a goal. The heroic sub-culture is best known for be able to adapt to separate the key information from the mundane, to be flexible and adaptable to the changing nature of warfare. Brian Linn gives the example of a hero as General George S. Patton who went from being a supporter of mechanized warfare, a cavalryman, and then finally becoming one of the greatest practitioners of maneuver warfare.
He states that virtue is an abstract concept and because of that it doesn’t have any real world consequences. Keeping that in mind virtue won’t be an adequate guide to being a politician. Machiavelli even defines it as receiving praise, not have a good moral compass. Doing what is morally right will gain you favor with the people that you’re ruling, but it may only last a short time if there are unforeseen consequences. A leader in charge of a large group of people needs to cast aside their personal moralities and think of the big picture.
Their current dictator, Kim Jong Un, has become the 3rd generation leader for his country, and has led the country in a downward spiral of independence and self reliance. In North Korea, the term “Juche” means self reliance, becoming a major slogan in December of 1955. This means how the country can apply “Marxist-Leninist principles” to best benefit the country, or rather, their supreme leader while also describing how the people can contain the ability to control the rebuilding of the country. Orwell wrote using the term “doublethink” in a similar way to North Korea’s use of the word Juche. “His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink.
Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince, is a gift to Lorenzo de Medici, the future prince at the time. Machiavelli spent a very long time compiling information about the decisions rulers have made in the past to determine the best way to rule a kingdom. He took many examples from leaders like King Ferdinand, King Charles VIII, and Emperor Maximilian II. He used these examples to determine how a prince should act and what qualities they should have. According to Machiavelli's The Prince, the qualities a prince should possess are deception, military knowledge, and wisdom.
As Machiavelli stated in the second sentence of the source, “It may be answered that one should wish to be both, but, because it is difficult to unite them in one person, is much safer to be feared than loved, when, of the two, either must be dispensed with…” Machiavelli claimed that a prince must not put all of his faith in the people because they will turn against you whenever there is a difficult time. He instead explains that it is better to instill fear in the common people to avoid hatred amongst the people. He support the leadership on fear and power. He states that it is important to instill fear because the common people will look to him for assistance instead of hating him in times of need. There was a similar idea for leadership by Thomas
As outsiders, we cannot determine whether an action is selfish or not because the true characteristic of the action depends on the mindset of the performer of the action. Distinguishing selfless and selfish people from one another is complicated, and although people are often subject to prejudice, they can never really know the truth. Overall, people best not judge and label others, for doing so causes conflict. According to George Morgan, Jr., selfishness and unselfishness in general should not be seen as moral or unmoral, for that kind of perspective leads people to become uncooperative and “men to overlook possibilities for sharing common goods” (406). In the end of “Rashomon,” the woodcutter and commoner accuse one another of their selfish actions—the woodcutter of the commoner for stealing the baby’s blankets and the commoner of the woodcutter for stealing the dagger.
One of the weaknesses in Fortunato is that he trusts other people too much and lacks good judgment. Trusting people can be a weakness when there are untrustworthy people like Montresor around. Montresor states, “It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will” (Poe). Fortunato is portrayed as having poor judgment in making decisions. In order for the murder of Fortunato to succeed, Fortunato himself has a huge role.
In order for civilizations to thrive, they must have some sort of system in place in order to maintain stability amongst the populace. Without any societal order, anarchy runs rampant, and that is the bane of any civilization. This is so because humanity, despite having all the correct faculties, inherently does what comes easiest to them, and often times, the easiest thing to do is not the right thing. Why work in order to receive a salary to use to purchase things, when you can just steal them from others? Why try to create a committed relationship of your own, when you can just take someone else’s significant other through less than savory means?