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The Prince written by Niccolo Machiavelli is one of the first examinations of politics and science from a purely scientific and rational perspective Machiavelli theorizes that the state is only created if the people cooperate and work to maintain it The state is also one of mans greatest endeavors and the state takes precedence over everything else The state should be ones primary focus and maintaining the sovereignty of the state ones most vital concern The state is founded on the power of its military Therefore a strong military is vital to maintaining the state Machiavelli believes that men respect power but they will take advantage of kindness He believes that when given the opportunity one must destroy completely because if one does not he will certainly be destroyed The prince should lead the military and he has to be intelligent An effective politician can make quick and intelligent choices about the problems that constantly arise before him He must also have virtue which means he is strong confident talented as well as smart A prince cannot be uncertain because uncertainty is a sign of weakness Fortune controls half of humans actions and mans will control the other half Virtue is the best defense for fortune and virtue must be used in order to keep fortune in check The prince must take advantage of situations based solely on if it is best for the state He should choose his decisions based on contemporary and historical examples A prince cannot consider whether his acts are moral or immoral and he instead must act in an unbiased manner for the state Also it does not matter how the state achieves its goals as long as these goals are achieved Finally regardless of the personal morality involved the prince should be praised if he does good for the state and berated if he hurts the state Machiavellis principles have widespread influence and they are quite similar to some
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