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Unformatted text preview: Machiavelli Niccoló Machiavelli Machiavelli • Early life Florentine bureaucrat ― – Worked for the Medici regime – Worked for Savonarola regime – Influential in the Republic – Exiled when Medicis regained power • The Prince – Dedicated to the Medici rulers – Based on the exploits of Caesare Borgia Machiavelli and the Medicis Discussion ― Society • What are the worst conditions that can exist in a society? • What is the primary role of the leader of the state or city? Chaos! Stabilize! Examples of chaotic societies • What examples can you think of where chaos in a state has created terrible conditions? – Roman Empire just before the fall – 14th Century – Germany in the early 1920s – Iraq in 2007 Summary of a Prince's Duties • Maintain stability Discussion of the effect of change • What happens when a change is imposed on society? The effect of change "It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things." – Machiavelli, Niccolo, quoted in Thorpe, Scott, How to Think Like Einstein , Barnes & Noble Books, Inc., 2000, p.172. Overcoming the problems with change • Therefore: To maintain stability and to minimize change, the prince has a duty to remain in power • The ruler must be strong so that inevitable or desired change can be controlled properly Summary of a Prince's Duties • Maintain stability • Manage change Discussion ― criminals • How should a government deal with criminals? Is it inevitable that some people will do criminal activities? Therefore, a prince (the government) must occasionally be non-virtuous. Should the punishment meet the crime? Deal with Non-Virtuous People “The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous. Therefore if a prince wants to maintain his...
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This note was uploaded on 11/25/2011 for the course MFG 202 taught by Professor Davis,d during the Summer '08 term at BYU.

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