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Machiavelli, The Prince
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Overview Remiro’s corpse Chapter 7 Chapter 17 Virtue and politics Chapter 15 – politics and morals The ruler’s interest and the people’s interest The ends of politics: glory, greatness, and order (ruler and people)
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Remiro’s Corpse Once [Cesare Borgia] had subdued the Romagna, he found it had been under the control of weak nobles, who had rather exploited than governed their subjects and had rather been the source of conflict than of order, with the result the whole province was full of robbers, bandits, and every other type of criminal. So he decided it was necessary, if he was going to make the province peaceful and obedient to his commands, to give it good government. ( The Prince , ch.7)
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Remiro’s corpse (continued) One morning, in the town square of Cesena, he had Remiro d’Orco’s corpse laid out in two pieces, with a chopping board and a bloody knife beside it. This ferocious sight made the people of the Romagna simultaneously happy and dumbfounded.
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Cesare and Remiro Weak [vs. strong] Exploited vs. governed Conflict vs. order Robbers/bandits/ [vs. law-abiding citizens?] criminals Weak…exploited…conflict….banditry [Strong]…governed…peace and order… [law- abiding citizens?]
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The Prince , ch. 17 I recognize that every ruler should want to be thought of as compassionate and not cruel. Nevertheless, I have to warn you to be careful about being compassionate. Cesare Borgia was thought of as cruel; but this supposed cruelty of his restored order to the Romagna, united it, rendered it peaceful and law-abiding. If you think about it , you will realize that he was, in fact, much more compassionate than the people of Florence, who, in order to avoid being thought cruel, allowed Pistoia to tear itself apart….The whole community suffers if there are riots, while to maintain order the ruler only has to execute one or two individuals.
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