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Born in Florence Italy in 1469 Niccol Machiavelli was the first great political philosopher of the Renaissance Once a bureaucrat and diplomat for the state of Florence he was removed from office when the Medici family was restored to power in 1512 He retired to his country home where he among other works penned The Prince a work which has become a political handbook for modern day politicians as well as for those who desire power--whether it be on Wall Street through corporate conglomerates or in their personal relationshipsThe Prince is a philosophical political view on how one might gain maintain and expand the power over the state or states in which a ruler has authority While Machiavellis views are based on maintaining a monarchy they can be equated to the corporate world of modern times In this essay I will discuss how Machiavellis views of human nature are relevant in the world today particularly in capitalist economies that produce massive conglomerates First lets review some of Machiavellis viewpoints Machiavelli suggests that after overthrowing the current monarchy the new ruling Prince should be the sole authority making all decisions in his own best interests1 Any members of the old regime should be annihilated thus preventing them from regaining power2 The Prince should be distrustful of the citizens over whom he rules as they will turn against him when times are bad3 He should however not mistreat them for even though men are generally ungrateful liars and deceivers they will remain loyal if treated well This is particularly true to those who are in the best positions to oppose the Prince If you allow them to believe you are interested in their advice providing you ask them for their opinions on matters that concern you theyll feel flattered and inclined to please4 Machiavelli believed in a separation from the church The church believed in ruling in a humanitarian manner whereas Machiavelli felt a secular form of
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