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It was obvious to me upon reading the first sentence of Machiavellis thoughts on government that I was going to have to shift my train of thought from one extreme to the other That is why I would like to focus on the first portion of the reading A Princes Duty Concerning Military Matters I would not like to choose sides in the matter of how a ruler should apply his power I feel that there are plenty of advantages and disadvantages about the ways that both Lao-tzu and Machiavelli choose to rule their people However I strongly disagree with most of what Machiavelli has to say in this first section Lets take the first sentence for example he states that a prince must essentially devote himself to war and everything to do with war He may be exaggerating his view to get a point across because that is his way of communication but I dont feel that he has any justification in saying such a thing I feel that this idea of war is something to take into consideration and in times of need it should be taken very seriously I do not feel that one should devote himself to the likes of war especially if said person happens to be in control of a nation I feel that this will in turn be the cause of poor decision making as well as the downfall of character A ruler must not overlook any department of government with belligerance as his guide A princes mind should be everyones but his own The reason I say this is because in this first paragraph he goes on to support war by stating that it is the only profession which benefits one who commands I feel that this kind of mindset is the perfect way to bring ones people against oneself I know that Machiavelli would hate to loose the respect from the people that he lives
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