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Machiavellis The Prince has long been used and studied as a manual for those who are already in power or for those who wish to have power Through rational thinking about political power Machiavelli is the authoritative source on how one should lead and govern To illustrate his points Machiavelli uses many examples of leadership from his life and some from history before 1469 To many readers however these examples are not of relevance anymore because the examples are so dated To bring the influence back into The Prince we must put the work into a more modern context In chapter 16 Machiavelli debates on whether it is better to be liberal or stingy in governing In a leader both of these traits can be either beneficial or detrimental to leadership Liberalism if stopped can cause those who one governs to believe that they are now stingy Liberality is most dangerous for those already in power The French Revolution some would argue started because of this scenario When the French government got into outstanding debt the aristocracy turned to the people to bail them out When the people were reluctant to this agreement with the noble classes the middle class pleaded its case for economic reforms to help the government When their requests were met the people revolted People live in the present and do not look to the past very well Machiavelli concludes that leaders must start out stingy and work their liberality to their advantage One who is seen as stingy on moment can make one gesture and be thought liberal and gain prestige from those they govern In chapter 17 of The Prince the discussion revolves around whether it is better to be feared or loved as a leader Although all princes should strive for both Machiavelli concludes that it is much better to be feared than loved Many countries today use fear to control their population and rule
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