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Niccolo Machiavelli recommends a very practical course of action for the prince obtain power by direct and effective means which is necessary In the story The Qualities of the Prince by Niccoli Machiavelli the concept The ends justify the means is saying that a prince should hold absolute control of their territories and they should use any means of resort necessary to accomplish this end including violence and deception In this chapter On Those Things for Which Men and Particularly Princes Are Praised or Blamed Machiavelli proposes to describe the truth about surviving as a monarch rather than recommending high moral ideals He describes those moralities which on todays value we believe a prince should possess He also emphasizes that his treatment is meant to be useful for a prince Thus it pursues the real truth of the matter not the many imagined republics and principalities such as have never been known to exist in reality A prince should be good or bad as circumstances command He ends up saying that some virtues will lead to a princes destruction whereas some vices allow him to surviveAfter reading On Generosity and Miserliness he is stating that we commonly think that it is best for a prince to have a reputation of being generous However if his generosity is done in secret no one will know about it and he will be thought to be greedy If it is done openly then he risks going broke to maintain his reputation He will then squeeze more money from his subjects and thus be hated For Machiavelli it is best for a prince to have a reputation for being stingy After reading On Cruelty and Mercy and Whether It Is Better to Be Loved Than to Be Feared or the Contrary hes arguing that its better for a prince to be severe when punishing people rather than merciful Severity through death sentences affects only a few
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