Machiavelli's Point of View in the Prince

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Machiavelli’s “The Prince” presents a realistic account of the qualities necessary for political success. In Machiavelli’s view they were all flawed because the qualities recommended for example: honesty and good faith were all suitable for a monastery than for struggles of political life. This means that the way the political and commercial world operated it was hard to achieve nobility or even decency without making someone else worse off. This is evident in many businesses that collapsed during the recession or merge with bigger companies in the hope of staying afloat. Many factors can contribute to a business’s demise such as inflation which causes an increase on interest rates and currency, a new product or service failure due to poor advertising techniques or the niche in which the product is being introduced does not fit (poor market research) and financial turmoil or collapse of a business because the business profits does not exceed its expenses. All these factors may contribute to the demise or takeover of a corporation which results in job losses and changes in management. For example a partnership between two persons and one dies, the partnership would be terminated and a new agreement formed if another person decides to enter into a partnership with the existing partner. If we looked at the Prince for when it was written, then it is important to understand that one’s social class dictated what was ethical. What was permissible for nobility was not generally allowed for the lower class or the common person. Machiavelli sums up his idea that great leaders are not bound by the rules of common men. Great leaders are only bound by power and the authority to use it. Essentially Machiavelli’s political theory was that the end justifies the means when it comes to political power. Machiavelli calculated the most good of the groups in which common people were not part of this group. The group was the nobility and the common person was nothing more than a tool...
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