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TalesThere are some similarities between Machiavellis Qualities of the Prince and Arendts Ideology and Terror Hannah Arendts piece deals with governmental leadership using totalitarianism as its backbone Machiavellis piece deals with how a prince should properly keep his power over the country in which he rules There is a link between the unscrupulous manner Machiavelli proposes his prince should act and the way of totalitarian rule Arendt expresses In this essay I will be uncovering some similarities between the totalitarian way Hitler used in ruling Nazi Germany and the similar guidelines Machiavelli instructs his prince to enforce in order to maintain control over his country Machiavelli does in fact instruct his prince to act unscrupulous in several instances throughout this piece Hence it is necessary for a prince who wishes to maintain his position to learn how not to be good and to use this knowledge or not to use it according to necessityJacobus 38 Therefore a prince must not worry about the reproach of cruelty when it is a matter of keeping his subjects united and loyalJacobus 41 A prince must nevertheless make himself feared in such a manner that he will avoid hatredJacobus 42 But when the prince is with his armies and has under his command a multitude of troops then it is absolutely necessary that he not worry about being considered cruel for without that reputation he will never keep any army united or prepared for any combatJacobus 42 These quotes clearly comply with Arendts view of how some totalitarian leaders perform during their reign In the case of Hitlers rule it could seem as if Hitler read this piece from Machiavelli and used it as sort of a guideline for ruling his empire In Arendts piece one of her focuses is on how unscrupulous totalitarian governments can be Totalitarian government always transforms classes into masses supplanted the party system not by one-party dictatorships but by mass movement
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