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Three Men Three Diverse Policies Machiavelli Hobbess and Locke are three men whose Machiavelli believes the ruling Prince should be the only authority that should determine every aspect of the state and put in effect a policy which would serve his best interests These interests were gaining maintaining and expanding his political power His understanding of human nature was a complete contradiction of what everyone believed and taught Machiavelli strongly promoted a physical society and felt morality was not necessary but in fact stood in the way of an effectively governed principality Although in some cases Machiavellis suggestions seem harsh and immoral one must remember that these views were derived from his concern for the welfare of his country At Machiavellis time everyone believed that an individual had much to offer to the well being of the state Machiavelli was quick to mock human nature He truly believed that humans are not ready to serve their country unless there is a special benefit to them as individuals Machiavelli further goes on to question the loyalty of the citizens and advises the Prince that men never keep their word to you so you should never keep youre word to them However Machiavelli did not feel that a Prince should mistreat the citizens This suggestion is only to serve the Princes best interests If a prince can not be both feared and loved Machiavelli suggests it would be better for him to be feared by the citizens within his own principality He makes the generalization that men are ungrateful fickle liars and deceivers they shun danger and greedy for profit He characterizes men as being self centered and not willing to act in the best interest of the state When the ruler is in danger they turn against him Machiavelli reinforces the princes need to be feared by stating Men worry less about doing an injusry to one who
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