The circle of government

Topics: Democracy, Government, Monarchy, Oligarchy, Form of government, Autocracy / Pages: 4 (1161 words) / Published: Apr 22nd, 2015
Christopher Hong
Professor Cheatham
English 103
15 April 2015
Firm and Strong Government Since the beginning of civilization, much of existing empires were built and crushed again, and again. Even though Roman Empire was strong and stable, they have also perished along with others. One of the philosopher in Italy, Niccolo Machiavelli, started wondering why there are no empires that remained eternal. So he started to gather his thoughts and finally found six types of government. He realized that some people say there are three and that some say there are six. Machiavelli also states that out of the six types of government, three among them are bad and three are good. He called it "The Circle of Government" because those six governments rotate in the period of time. Then he goes on to talk about how the government was formed. The first government is monarchy. At first the ruler was the strongest amongst a group of people. Afterwards they changed to looking for the wisest to rule. After that sovereignty was inherited through the sons of the ruler. However, the position of the ruler became being the selfish and stubborn instead of leading. Then he, Machiavelli, talks about people made to get rid of the ruler that he called "Revolution." After "Revolution," government became an "anarchy" and went back to monarchy form of the government. So simply, there is monarchy, tyrany, nobility, oligarchy, revolution, and anarchy form of government that he mentioned. Although he pointed out three good powers and bad powers, Machiavelli says that good powers are monarchy, nobility, and Revolution. These days "The Circle of Government" formed by Check and Balance does structure, Check and Balance, and make strong and powerful government. According to Machiavelli, the three most common forms of government include the monarchy, nobility, and the democratic. Machiavelli argues that each of these three systems is naturally unstable, transitory, and easily made to fail



Cited: Niccoló Machiavelli, The Circle of Government; An excerpt from The Discourses, 1519 Print. Jessica Sparks, "Machiavelli 's "Circle of Governments"" Human All Too Human. Strength Strategy, 27 Oct. 2005. Web. 20 Apr. 2015. DeAnna Murphy, "The Checks and Balances of Strengths and Weaknesses" Strengths Strategy. 24 Sept. 2012. Web. 20 Apr. 2015. Social Help Center group, "Checks and Balances." The Social Studies Help Center, n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2015. Su Zhou "Economy of China." Business News. China Daily. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.

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