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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli is Machiavellis description of the perfect prince or leader His description uses a lot of compare and contrasts and examples of actual rulers and their triumphs or follies I agree with his idea of the perfect leader but I dont think dictatorship is the perfect governmentMachiavelli describes his perfect prince as someone who can balance two of seemingly contrasting characteristics He states that the prince must be liberal Even though his subjects will grow to hate him the prince will have enough income to have a powerful army and will be able to defend his country in war Machiavelli goes on by stating that this perfect leader would be better off feared by others rather than loved Basically because friends will be there when he doesnt need them and gone when he does But if he were feared then his followers would be loyal and scared to do otherwise Yet the perfect prince is also described as a good person or he should appear that way Machiavelli described this as appearing of good nature yet not hesitant to punish those who need to be Machiavelli uses examples in this writing of actual rulers and their accounts to help prove his point on the perfect prince He used such rulers as Caesar Louis XII Ferdinand II and so on He described either the good or bad things they did as rulers He then used these examples to prove such points as how the prince should spend the money of others to increase his reputation This helped me understand where Machiavelli was coming from to make his claims of the perfect leader I was able to see why being feared was an asset to a ruler and how being nice could lead to their downfall Now when I was reading this story I began to put all of these characteristics in a normal person This is why I began to do disagree
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