What, according to Machiavelli in The Prince, were the basic criteria essential for a good prince?
Machiavelli, in The Prince , espoused qualities of initiative and calculated ruthlessness: this second part is particularly important, because Machiavelli is sometimes misunderstood on this account. Probably the most oft-quoted bit of Machiavelli is itself a severe simplification: "it is better to be feared than loved." This part is true (Machiavelli certainly said it), and it is an important aspect of Machiavelli's political analysis, but at the same time, there are two critical caveats that are often left out (and which are central to the message Machiavelli is trying to give). First: if at all possible, the Prince will want both fear and love. Second: while it is better to be feared than loved (because to Machiavelli popularity on its own is fickle and can't be counted on to ensure a stable power base), one must never let that fear turn into hatred. For...
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