The Prince [Niccolo Machiavelli] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. There have been many political philosophies published throughout the. Download free eBooks of classic literature, books and novels at Planet eBook. nished Machiavelli with a subject of a gibe in ‘The Prince,’ where he is cited as. The Prince is an extended analysis of how to acquire and maintain political power The dedication declares Machiavelli’s intention to discuss in plain language.

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National Book Award Finalist for Translation But dreams are only dreams, somethings are primce quite possible He does so in hope of pleasing and enlightening the Medici family. He declared himself ruler with no opposition. Google translator helps only so much. Concerning patriotism Strauss If a prince is overly generous to his subjects, Machiavelli asserts he will not be appreciated, and will only cause greed for more.

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No words of encouragement. He’s also tried hard to make it accessible majaveli modern audiences, and sometimes I think he’s tipped a tiny bit overboard on that front.

As immoral as his views are, they do seem to make some sense, if you are a psychopath with a thirst for power that can hide your evilness with some cunning and charm. Only armed prophets, like Moses, succeed in bringing lasting change.

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Machiavelli observes that most men are content as long as they are not deprived of their property and women. Pole reported that it was spoken of highly by his enemy Thomas Cromwell in England, and had influenced Henry VIII in his turn towards Protestantismand in his tactics, for example during the Pilgrimage of Grace.


In many ways it feels like a truly evil book. A prince must always pay close attention to military affairs if he wants to remain in power.

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I am quite certain most horrible dictators have at least skipped through this book. Slytherin House, which is makavrli for cunningness, astuteness, ambition, thirst for power, self-preservation, but also fraternity, and that was the one point which drew me away from his way of thinking.

If you hate doing something – do it wrong the first time, they won’t ask you to do it again. View all 19 comments.

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Must political power always be a corrupting influence on those who possess it? Stream audiobook and download chapters.

Politics emerges as an instrument of power whose importance is manifested in the search for instruments and in the definition of objectives to establish order and prevent the destruction of society. Niccolo Machiavelli, during the Renaissance, was a successful politicianand astute diplomatfrom volatile Florence, until losing power and influence there We want to be able to read our classics, but we don’t need to pretend they were written yesterday.

For this, the ruler must use the necessary means to enable him to this obligation, adopting: Murder, the incitement of quarrels among citizens, the purchase of temporary loyalties, and betrayal: Along with this, he stresses the difference between human-beings and animals since “there are two ways of contending, one in accordance with the laws, the other by force; the first of which is proper to men, the second to beast”.

This results in higher taxes, and will bring grief upon the prince.

This type of “princedom” refers for example explicitly to the Catholic church, which is of course not traditionally thought of as a princedom. It also provides some valuable contextual setting for those interested in the Prlnce. Machiavelli wrote The Prince for Lorenzo de Medici, whose family ruled Florence at the time, as basically a job application.


I was curious to note that although addressed to the Medicis, he doesn’t lard on the praise of that family until the last few pages of his book and he never addresses the roots of their power – as bankers, instead as I said he only has eyes to see violence as a means to gain and maintain power, not that I would want to claim that the Medici were tue, but the dagger was not the only tool in their political workshop, and as a result they managed to endure deep into the eighteenth century when they became extinct through natural causes.

When you are fighting for survival, all ends do justify the means because the goal is survival. Sure, it might sound like a really screwed up and horrible way to live and think, but when you are a leader of a nation beset on all sides by those who would like nothing more than to invade your country, raze it, and then subject your people to being occupied or worseyou ma,aveli what you need to do in order to survive.

Still, if you have to lie, do.

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