Machiavelli's Tupac Shakur: An Analysis

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When you hear the name Machiavelli what do you think of? Malevolence, dictatorship, or Tupac Shakur? What you should think about is cunning or unscrupulousness, “The ends justify the means.” The father of modern political theory, Niccolo Machiavelli was a 15th century political theorist and advisor who insisted we shouldn’t think that politicians are bad or unelectable for manipulating people. In Machiavelli’s distinct view a worthy politician isn’t honest and moral. They may be illusory and deceptive, however, they must know how to defend, enrich, and bring character to the federation. Kindness may be a virtue but what citizens absolutely need from their sovereign is advantage, decisiveness, and more importantly effectiveness. Is it better to be feared or loved? …show more content…

”In other words if you are attacked you must defend yourself so that your enemy doesn’t even consider attacking again. If you own a gun and a burglar invades your home what do you do? You shoot him. You make sure he doesn't steal your things or harm you so you disable him. According to Machiavelli, the same should go for war. By getting revenge you can defeat your opponent and prevent the act from happening again. “The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.” In Machiavelli’s “The Prince” one of the most foul characters and political leaders was Cesare Borgia. To earn his ruthless reputation Cesare beheaded one of his henchman and put the head on public display to send a message to his subjects. This is a valid tool for a leader to maintain order Machiavelli claims. Force and fear are what keep people in check. Coups and Assassinations are all justified as long as it is in the people’s best interest. “Politics have no relation to morals,” Machiavelli once said. The challenge of being moral in Politics is making difficult

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