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Fidel Castro - Machiavellis Cuban Prince Many old pieces of literature have influenced the way people think today The Prince written by Niccol Machiavelli was written as a how-to manual for a new prince In it Machiavelli makes extensive reference to the leadership styles successes and failures of historical figures The term prince was used as a metaphor for any public official Even though not all leaders of today have read The Prince many follow Machiavellis guidelines without knowing it This is due to the fact that history does repeat itself and Machiavellis observations of successful leaders of the past still hold true in the modern world I have chosen to focus on the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and assess his success as a leader according to Machiavellis handbook According to Pardo Llada in Quirk 1993 The Prince was one of Castros favourite works and from it he learned to justify everything In Chapter 12 Machiavelli addresses the issue of the type of people a successful princes army should be made up of He soundly criticises the use of mercenary armies He describes mercenaries as useless and dangerous Fidel Castros men were originally rebels who believed in his cause and included his brother Raul as well as Ernesto Che Guevara Castro was famous for his passionate anti-USA speeches and his followers shared his passion As he said himself the people are with us in the revolution and are willing to die with us in the defence of the revolution This loyalty and passion for a cause is in stark contrast to Machiavellis description of mercenaries as being disunitedwithout discipline disloyal and having no other love nor motive to keep them in the field than a meagre wage The next issue found in Chapter 17 deals with whether a leader should be loved or feared Machiavelli states that a leaders love can easily be betrayed whereas most people will not
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