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Unformatted text preview: Prompt 33-6 Rough Draft Both Lao-tzu and Machiavelli seem to have a clear cut view on how they believe the government should run. In some ways, both men have very similar ideas, more often, though, they couldnt be more opposed. A few similarities brought forward are that people in power must not strive to make everyone happy, nor must they be considered unmerciful and they should avoid being despised. Both Lao Tzu and Machiavelli believe if the common people think they are happy, then whoever is in power will not fear for their power. However, it seems for each similarity they have, several oppositions occur in their place. From the way they believe how a leader should govern, especially in times of war, to the way that they feel about simple lies shows us how opposite Lao-tzu and Machiavellis opinions are. Looking through the assigned pages on Machiavelli, I still believe that though his policies, the Prince may have used a display to impress his superiors becuse they still had...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course RWS 100 taught by Professor Avner during the Fall '07 term at San Diego State.
- Fall '07