The Rise To Power In Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

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Dizza Marie B. Cantalejo
Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince

In reading Niccolo Machiavelli’s book “The Prince”, this inspires me in the whole concept of power as a leader. Thus, it gave me a background on the proper use and strategies of power. Power for me is the cause of human evilness. People who have the power are usually abusing it in a sense that they are using it to threaten people. Moreover, more and more people are hungry for power that in order to attain it killing is now an option. However, there are other concepts that gave me knowledge about Machiavelli’s point in rising to power and position. This book tackled everything about what leader should and should not do as a person. Each chapter established different area of concerns that exhibits strategies and lesson that are
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According to Machiavelli, “Because it is sufficient if the prince does not abandon the methods of his ancestors and proves adaptable when unforeseen events occur.” A leader who knows well his constituents and what is happening in his territory over the past few years creates a state that is well governed. Considering the mixed principality, a combination of the hereditary possession and the new members or sometimes a totally new set of rulers is more difficult than a totally hereditary one for it involves a combination of different views, belief, opinions and goal. In acquiring liberty in conquering a certain state from the hereditary principality takes strategies and a lot of courage. An example that Machiavelli used in discussing his argument is Louis XII, King of France, who is a new ruler lose twice in conquering Milan over Duke Ludovico. 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.
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