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Machiavellis views have been misinterpreted since his book was first written people take him in the wrong way and are offended by what he says Careless readers take him in a completely wrong way such as they think that he believes that the end justifies the means that a leader should lie to the people and that a ruler has to rule with force In actuality Machiavelli means no such thing he says that there are times when the common good outweighs the means and the morality of a rulers actions He also says that you cannot be loved by everyone so try to be loved and feared at the same time but of the two choose to be feared The Prince is considered to be one of the most important of nonfiction literature written in the history of mankind It gave an accurate and truthful description of the method of governing Machiavelli understands the importance of a military force and that a country has to be kept in order even if that means lying to the people to get them to fight against a common foe In Europe the church was entangled in politics and everything else but Machiavelli suggests a secular state which would allow the leader to do that which is necessary for the country and for his continued reign though not necessarily moralThe ends do not justify the means yet sometimes if the end is necessary for the continuation of a society then the means do not have to be morally bound A ruler cannot please everybody all the time so therefore he has to be cunning in order to maintain control There are times when a ruler needs to lie to the populace in order to reach a goal that is better in some way for the nation By tying the church to the government people expected the government to behave morally but often times an entirely moral ruler will
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