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The Skill of Running a State Among the most widely read of the Renaissance thinkers was Niccolo Machiavelli Born in Florence Italy in 1469 he became a politician who retired from public service and devoted the proceeding years to writing about history political philosophy and even plays His political philosophys concentrated on the skills required for successfully running a state Machiavelli focused on the way things are rather than the way things ought to be In 1513 Machiavelli wrote his best known work The Prince The underlying theme states that a successful prince must demonstrate virtues such as strength and skill in favorable and adverse situations Thus Machiavelli proposes that a ruler must obtain a good reputation by resorting to any means necessary given the circumstances Although it is desirable to be both loved and feared by ones subjects Machiavelli declares it is far safer for the ruler to be feared Therefore in The Prince Machiavelli argues the significance of a prince to be feared and avoid being hated by his subjects which can be achieved through deceit and corruption in order to maintain the stability of the state The Prince is one of the first examinations of politics and science from a purely scientific and rational perspective Machiavelli theorizes that the state is only created if the people cooperate and work to maintain it The state is also one of mans greatest endeavors and the state takes precedence over everything else The state should be ones primary focus and maintaining the sovereignty of the state is ones most vital concern The state is founded on the power of its military Therefore a strong military is vital to maintaining the state Machiavelli believes that men respect power but they will take advantage of kindness He believes that when given the opportunity one must destroy completely because if one does not he will certainly be destroyed The prince should lead the military and he has to
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