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Machiavelli - TAKE HOME ESSAY By Karna Upadhyay Niccolo...

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TAKE HOME ESSAY By Karna Upadhyay Niccolo Machiavelli was one of the great renaissance thinkers, probably best known for his letter called “The Prince”. “The Prince” was basically a letter to the actual prince describing the best way to gain and keep power. In Machiavelli’s letter he describes his ideas for how to be a dominant leader. Here are some of his theories. One of Machiavelli’s most famous theories is that in terms of being in charge of people, it is better to be feared than loved. He thinks this is better because the love between people can be easily changed, while the fear of something is rarely ever changed. It is because of this that Machiavelli believed that it would be better to rule a kingdom with fear than love. I think that Machiavelli is right that you are more likely to stay in power with an iron fist than a soft heart. Although people might not like you, they will certainly be more hesitant to have an uprising if they know there will be harsh consequences. A good example is the Qin rule in China.
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