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In Machiavellis The Prince it would appear at first that Machiavelli is advancing the argument that the ends justify the means However I am unsure that this is a useful summary of The Prince and that it may be an over simplification and even a misunderstanding The Prince has been condemned for promoting fraud force and immorality in politics justifying the use of evil means by a beneficial end It has also been associated with corrupt totalitarian government Indeed the word Machiavellian refers to cunning amoral corrupt opportunistic political practices The Prince was even put on the papal Index of Prohibited Books in 1559 for its lack of conventional morality This apparent lack of principles appears to be best demonstrated in Machiavellis examples Cesare Borgia Agothocles and Oliverotto Machiavelli in chapter 7 appears to celebrate Cesare Borgias policy of having his own minister executed and displayed to absolve him of any cruelty Having explained to the reader what Cesare Borgia does Machiavelli states So now I have surveyed all the actions of the duke I still cannot find anything to criticise Machiavelli even states that one cannot hope to finda better model to imitate than Cesare Borgia Agathocless bold achievements were that he had his soldiers kill all the senators and the richest citizens Machiavelli says that there seems to be no reason why he Agathocles should be judged less admirable than any of the finest generals Machiavelli even appears to advocate violence in one of his conclusions in chapter 8 So the conclusion is If you take control of a state you should make a list of all the crimes you have to commit and do them all at once It is therefore easy to see why The Prince is misinterpreted and summarised by the phrase the ends justify the means However Machiavelli was one of the first political commentators to critically analysis politics in this scientific way It is this difference
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