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by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Is it better for a ruler to be feared or loved and why?

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According to Machiavelli, it is better for a ruler to be feared than to be loved.  This is the case, he says, because a ruler who is feared is less likely to be overthrown.  In other words, Machiavelli is not saying that being feared is good in itself, just that making people fear you is a better tactic than making people love you.  Machiavelli argues that this is the case...

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