3.1.ResearchPaper.pdf - ENGL212.ONLF 2020 RESEARCH PAPER \u201cSovereign power\u201d During the past week(Topic 3 we read and discussed The Prince by

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ENGL212.ONLF 2020 R E S E A R C H P A P E R Sovereign power During the past week (Topic 3), we read and discussed The Prince by Machiavelli (1496-1572). Given the current state of affairs, this text is uncannily relevant. As a “how - to” manual it offers the quintessential compass for unethical political maneuvering . The prince doesn’t have to be good, he only has to seem to be good. The piazza is filled with people who form a commune where reasonable exchanges of life go hand in hand with back-biting gossip. It’s a world in which everyone kn ows everything about his or her neighbors. But for those who seek to dominate the others, the need for secrecy, dissimulation, and the deliberate withholding of information from the populace remains paramount. In our discussions, you have shared your comments enthusiastically on the politics of the United States today and brought your critical insights to the understanding of this early modern text. Now, you are asked to take a step further and prepare a well-argued paper on “Sovereign Power.”

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