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There is good reason to believe that Machiavelli taught evil One has only to open the book to find Machiavelli advising the use of violence in defense of the princes power In Chapter 3 he says if the prince wants to hold acquired principalities he must have two concerns one that the bloodline of the principalities ancient prince be eliminated 9 and in Chapter 19 he states And here one should note that hatred is acquired through good deeds as well as bad ones a prince who wants to maintain his state is often forced not to be good 77 It is easy to see in light of these passages and many more like them how one might interpret The Prince as a Ruthless Dictating for Dummies However when these statements are examined in the context of The Prince in its entirety and in the context of history it is plain to see that the well being of his homeland and I would submit the common man is Machiavellis only concern Machiavelli lived in 15th century Italy At this time Italy was politically divided and its wealth was being plundered by numerous squabbles among Italian principalities and by foreign principalities hoping to take advantage of Italys state of affairs These wars left no one time to rule The people were impoverished by these battles and rule of law was left for anarchy If this state of affairs wasnt bad enough the Church was also appropriating the wealth of Italy with its own armies and with the Inquisition The Inquisition not only was a great source of income for the Church it was also the chief executor of torture Italy could never protect itself from invaders as long as it was fighting amongst itself nor could it hope to stand up to the Inquisition on behalf of its people I believe The Prince directs its efforts at
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