Fraud was no dishonesty in politics. To preserve his position as well as that of the state he should be dishonest where necessary. Abstinence from wealth and women, a successful Prince must always abstain from property and women of his subject. He should very sincerely avoid both. He must realise that the people are usually touchy on both these things.
People should not be allowed to limit or silence anyone else’s thoughts and expression of these thoughts. By silencing a person for a particular opinion would be hurting humanity. Mill claims, “if any opinion is compelled to silence, that opinion may, for aught we can certainly know, be true.” Mill is claiming that any suppressed opinion could be true, and no one has the authority to decide that others should not be able to hear these opinions. For this would hurt humanity because one human being does not have the authority to decide an issue for all. This would keep others from coming up with their own opinions on the subject.
In reality, minority cultural rights are often baffled by the national majority’s culture. Too often the democratic government forgets minorities and lets the majority take over generating inequality and stigmatisation, both of which are dangerous for the society’s stability and level of integration. On the one hand, liberal universalists believe that minority problems can be solved by guaranteeing basic civil and political rights to all individuals regardless of group membership. Protection of those rights must come first but there is no need to provide group-specific rights. For liberal universalists, universal equal treatment is enough, in
Lao-Tzu says that the people become less virtuous when their government places more prohibitions on them. I agree with Lao-Tzu in this statement. People would not automatically become righteous simply because the government has forbidden things that are deemed immoral or socially unacceptable. The prohibitions may just hide the problems and may not necessarily solve much. The attention that the prohibition has brought towards the issue may cause people to purposely seek out loopholes or other ways to exploit these laws.
Otherwise, the teacher will “either to neglect [his duty] altogether, or, if he is subject to some authority which will not suffer him to do this, to perform it in as careless and slovenly a manner as that authority will permit. Nonetheless, above all else, Smith believed the topmost priority of a society was to have a well-functioning militia. This was so because there was no point in striving to create a prosperous economy if a neighboring country could easily come in and steal everything. Smith believed that only a small portion of a civilization should be recruited to the military. This way, they could be paid with taxes, which would further incentivise them to try their best to protect the
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.
He believes that God gave man the world, including reason and the state of nature equals the state of equality. If citizens do not have any faith in their bureaucracy, then the government will fail. The future of republic in America is in danger solely from if citizens believe that no matter what they do they will not be able to make adjustments in government, they will never try to. In order for a democracy to operate, the people have to be engaged and participate. If people do not participate, than democracy will be successful and eventually
In order for this law to be reinforced, there would have to be some sort of punishment if somebody does not cast their vote (Bargmann).Why should a law abiding citizen be penalized for not wanting to have a say in the way their government is lead? There needs to be a shift in the way elections are held so that voting is more convenient to the average American citizen, and so no one is scrutinized for their choice of not expressing their opinion. Compulsory voting should not be required because it would be violating freedom of choice, which would lead in people casting random votes, and there are superior ways of getting people to vote than forcing them to. Requiring American citizens to vote is a violation of freedom of choice, and the way a person can express their opinion. If they are forced to speak their opinion, they could randomly select a candidate, which would sway the election.
If the people are given power, law and order would crumble in Hobbes’ eyes. Contrastingly, Rawls views democracy as the only way a state can realise justice. Citizens all need a say in how they live their lives and this improves their political lives in the state. Hobbes’ sovereign rule is flawed as he believes each citizen will give up rights and obey a single ruler who has the final say in all decisions. This type of society will eventually crumble, be it by revolution or distrust in the sovereign’s ability; displaying the total failure of law and order while oppressed citizens rise and
According to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the main problem of modern societies is that they do not promote equality and freedom. Rousseau strongly believes that the only way to avoid this is to create a government based on the “general will”, because only through the pursuing of a common good, a state is able to guarantee freedom and equality to everybody. Therefore, Rousseau’s ideal government is a directed democracy, where people are deciding the laws and obeying to them. In order to do so, people need to be educated to a common civic sense. However, in my opinion, this model of government ensures equality at the expense of personal freedoms, because it does not allow spaces for criticism, and it is destined to degenerate in a totalitarian regime.