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All the states all the dominions under whose authority men have lived in the past and live now have been and are either republics or principalities In Machiavellis The Prince timeless keys to a successful principality are examined The keys are understandinghuman nature respecting that nature and reaffirming that successful leadership can existin the same fashion yesterday today and tomorrowMachiavellis perspective of human nature is founded on the principle that peoplein general dont want their culture changed by an outside influence Machiavellidemonstrates in the book that the nature of people is to defend who they are When theprince attempts to change their culture in any way the subjects will do any number ofthings to crush this attempt or even change the leadership If a prince uses force to try tochange people this will lead to hostility because as Machiavellis says they remaindefeated in their own homes This underlying fact will lead to a rebellion of some sort One way this rebellion can happen is when a powerful foreigner invades the principality The now defeated people will join this powerful foreigner in hopes that their culturewill now be respected to dethrone the prince When the prince tries to use force tocontrol the people it only creates enemies Machiavelli explains this aspect of humannature when he writes he harms the whole state by billeting his army in different parts ofthe country everyone suffers from this annoyance and everybody is turned into anenemy On the contrast if a prince allows the people to keep their customs Machiavellistates that the people will remain content when he writes For the rest so long as theirold ways of life are undisturbed and there is no divergence in customs men live quietly Another natural tendency of people comes with freedom Once they have had a taste offreedom they virtually cannot live without it This feeling of control over ones life is aquality that once molded is nearly impossible to reshape Machiavelli asserts
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