The Prince Group6 - Group 6 Theme The central theme in The...

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Theme The central theme in ‘The Prince’ concerns how to acquire— and keep—political power.
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Who is a leader? According to Machiavelli, A leader must demonstrate unmatched agility of mind and body in understanding human nature, He must have ability to assess situations accurately, He must be willing to act in the necessary manner to attain and maintain power
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How to acquire a regime? A regime acquired by one’s own arms or virtue is the best regime. This regime is dependent upon the virtu or the manly energy of a founder who is dedicated to realizing earthly glory. The founder does not suffer from ozio (idleness). The founder has foresight ( prudenzia ) and clever perceptiveness ( astuzia ). Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, and Theseus are examples of such founders.
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The Necessity of weaponry The chief foundations of all states are good laws and good arms; There cannot be good laws where the state is not well armed, Thus it follows that where they are well armed they have good laws.
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The Aim of a Prince A prince ought to have no other aim or thought nor select This sole art belongs to him It is of such great force that : 1) It upholds those who are born princes 2) It enables men to rise to rank of a prince
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There are two methods of fighting: one by law, the other by force the first method is of men, the second of beasts; but the first is frequently not sufficient. Hence one must have recourse to the second. Therefore it is necessary for a prince to understand how to use the methods of the beast and the man . A prince ought to choose the fox and the lion. The lion cannot defend himself against traps and the fox cannot defend himself against wolves. Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox to discover the traps and
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This note was uploaded on 03/03/2011 for the course MARKETING 101 taught by Professor Singh during the Spring '11 term at Management Development Institute.

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