The Prince - April Stamm April 18, 2008 Journal In...

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April Stamm April 18, 2008 Journal In Machiavelli’s eyes there are two ways that person can come to power without it being through fortune or strength. The first being through the approval of the citizens; the second is through criminal acts committed upon the citizens. This idea on the ways of procuring power reflects, to an extent, his theory on the types of government. He sees nobility in the leaders of the monarchy, aristocracy and democracy; yet when they deteriorate into tyranny, oligarchy and anarchy then we see a loss of those noble traits in the rulers. I feel like he would agree that the way of starting a new government in one of the deteriorated forms would be result of the ruler (in the specific cases of this chapter simply the monarchy/tyranny forms) procuring his power in the second way introduced. Machiavelli’s first example of this “wickedness” is Agothocles. Agothocles was born a commoner and rose to power by forcing his way up in the military. He stole power by
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This note was uploaded on 05/14/2008 for the course GN_HON 2112 taught by Professor Dawson during the Spring '08 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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