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What is Machiavellis basic argument on the question of whether a ruler ought to be loved or fearedMachiavelli made a statement that a ruler should be feared mostly yet loved sometimes Most would wonder what does this statement mean or even if it is true Machiavelli wanted to prove to anyone who was willing to govern or have any power how to be feared but loved He tells a leader that a man should stand both with god and man He then will encounter higher power Machiavelli wanted the leaders to know that should be a limit or boundary on which to give Setting boundaries for the people will not let the leader be taken advantage of He often gave kings advice on alliances Machiavelli was a true believer of keeping a ruler feared yet still love As I stated in the above statement on alliances it was a prime example of love the king gave and in return received a hardship He established in his book The Prince that people fears suspicion and hostility would encourage the Princes subjects to guarantee a great political life in the city-states Furthermore to remain in higher power a prince should avoid hatred from his people It is not necessary for him to be loved Machiavelli explains that it is stronger for a prince to be feared The people fears and hatred have different meanings To be hated by the people who empowered the ruler can cause a major downfall for the leader An excellence will of the people will always be the defense for the prince The prince should avoid doing things that will cause the people being ruled to hate him Obtaining an excellence will from the people has little or nothing to do with the overall happiness of the populace Machiavelli thinks an excellence will is the political key of the instrument to ensure stability to the princes reign Machiavellis theories are sometimes proving
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