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Niccolo Macchiaveli was an Italian political theorist that lived from 1469 until 1527 Macchiavelis writings included The Prince 1513 which described the achievement and maintenance of power by a determined ruler indifferent to moral considerations and Discorsi Desiderius Erasumus 1466- 1536 was a Dutch Renaissance scholar and Roman Catholic theologian who sought to revive classical texts from antiquity restore simple Christian faith based on Scripture and eradicate the improprieties of the medieval Church Erasumus works included The Manual of the Christian Knight 1503 and The Praise of Folly 1509 Thomas More 1478-1535 was an English politician humanist scholar and a Catholic martyr that was canonized in 1935 His political essay Utopia 1516 speculated about life under an ideal government All three of these scholars lived around the same period of time but each of them developed their own unique political theories and conveyed them in their own unique methods Passions desires and money though were three things that all three of the authors mentioned in their respective political essays Machiavelli Erasmus and More agreed that passions desires and money were destructive in society and politics if used for personal desires and not for the greater good Personal passions and desires according to Machiavelli play a huge role in social deconstruction Machiavelli clearly demonstrates his opinion in both The Prince and Discorsi that personal desires and passions lead to social chaos and deconstruction At the same time Machiavelli also mentions that desires and passions for the country are invaluable Machiavelli believes that one should desire to love and serve their country at all times A person if they are to desire and be passionate about one thing is to be passionate about their country They would see that it desires that we love and honor her our country and that we prepare ourselves so that we can be able to defend her Discorsi Machiavelli says that we must set an example by desiring to increase
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