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Are Machiavellis Theories Still Applicable Today Niccol Machiavelli was an Italian politician and philosopher who lived in the late middle ages 1469-1527 in Florence He had gotten in a high political position during the reign of Soblerini and during his work as a secretary of a ten-man council got the chance to study political tactics of Italian rulers Unfortunately for him when the family of the Medicis got back in power Machiavelli lost his job as most families in that time wanted to get rid of practically all people that still belonged to the regime of the leaders before them However he did not only lose his job he was also exiled as he was being accused of serious crimes such as working for the Soblerini regime He was tortured but released later as he was found to innocent He was banished to his country house in France which is also where he writes his most famous work The Prince The main theme of this book is power he describes the method through which a prince can obtain power and more important even how he can maintain power He was very innovative in his theories before him all philosophers sought to define the goal of the state Machiavelli feels no need to define this he sees power as a goal on itself Furthermore he was fresh in his ideas on morals Throughout all his theories he applies double standards when it comes to morals He feels that rulers are not bound by the morals that are applicable to citizens because for the ruler the end justifies the means This does not mean that rulers can act immoral simply because they feel like it they can only do things that are immoral if this means they can stay in power If rulers would use everyday morals they would get overthrown and according to him the chaos after the collapse of a state would cause a
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