My Ideal Government

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After reading both the Lao-tzu and Machiavelli, I believe that a good government should be concerned about the people more than themselves. Governments are built from the people to serve the people and to help make the world a better and safer place. Laws need to be put into place to help keep and control what happens and punish whom does not abide by those laws. Machiavelli and Lao-tzu both had good points on how a government should be run, but Machiavelli was too strict in some areas and Lao-tzu was too lenient in many areas. Machiavelli’s illustration of a government was closer to my illustration because he was stricter in laws, his idea of being a feared leader, and how he puts the priorities of his people first. A good government should always be looking for ways to help the people and always listen to the people’s needs. Machiavelli made a great point when he said that a fearful leader is better than a loved leader, but there should be limitations to what a leader should allow the people to do and what he should be strict on. People will not obey a loved leader’s laws because they know he is lenient and most people will take advantage of that. The world will turn in to a big disaster and no one will follow the law. But when you have a leader that is feared by the people, they will obey him and follow the laws he sets on them because they are afraid of the consequences. The leader needs to be on a different level than the people. He should be known as the leader that people need to follow and if anyone disobeys any rules, consequences will be met. At the same time, the leader will have to respect that power that was given to him by using it to help the people. He should not show any kind of fear from them and they should also have love for him for what he does for them. The fearful leader discourages people from trying to overthrow the government because he will be setting the laws to help the people and will be prosecuting those who...
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