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The controversial Niccolo Machiavelli guides us to be a successful ruler in his novel The Prince Machiavelli explains the best ways for a prince or any ruler to rule a territory prosper the society and maintain their position The book was intentionally just for Prince Lorenzo The Magnificent a ruling member of the Medici family but today anyone can read this book to get some pointers on political issues Because Machiavelli had ideas that were referable to evil and brutality he raised a lot of eyebrows and was called the devil by many He believes that the rulers main focuses should be conquering remaining in control of the people and to always keep war in mind It was very easy to understand him with his simple logic and I like his ideas despite a few disagreements I had on his solutions to some problems Some of his specific ideas were to be better off feared than loved by the people to not be neutral and to shun flattery In Chapter 17 Machiavelli states it clearly that being feared by the people is safer then being loved by them He explains that every prince must desire to be considered merciful and not cruel but should not misuse the mercifulness or he would be taken advantage of Those who inject a little cruelty now and then will keep his subjects united and faithful as they are afraid to disobey him in the sense that they will be punish severely If the prince was to be merciful to all though loved he would cause disorders to arise that would affect the whole society instead of only the few that his cruelty has affected upon A prince must not also be feared to a point of great hatred because it leaves a door open for a rebellion by the people Fear in an army would only make them stronger since It is extremely necessary
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