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The Prince Paper

The Prince Paper - Darren Pinder POL 004 Paper#2 Niccolo...

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Darren Pinder POL 004 Paper #2 February 17, 2010 Niccolo Machiavelli is one of the most controversial political theorists of the last half- century. Since his works were published in the early sixteenth century he has been the topic of dispute and even blasphemy for his radical views. This bold thinker has been decried by many as a scoundrel and embraced by others as a brilliant thinker. One of his most esteemed works, The Prince , is an explanation of his beliefs on how rulers should govern their respective states. He warranted the use of force and violence to instill fear in subjects because of citizens’ innate nature to pursue self-interest making them untrustworthy individuals. Machiavelli’s ardent belief that fear equaled power led many to call him the “teacher of evil”. However, today it can be said that Niccolo Machiavelli was not the “teacher of evil” but rather, the teacher of “evil best-used”.
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