Because they are strong and more self-sufficient, they have to make fewer compromises with their allies. Although he was not always mentioned by name as an inspiration, due to his controversy, he is also thought to have been an influence for other major philosophers, such as Montaigne Descartes HobbesLocke  and Montesquieu.
In The Prince, the Discourses, and in the Life of Castruccio Castracanihe describes "prophets", as he calls them, like MosesRomulusCyrus the Greatand Theseus he treated pagan and Christian patriarchs in the same way as the greatest of new princes, the glorious and brutal founders of the most novel innovations in politics, and men whom Machiavelli assures us have always used a large amount of armed force and murder against their own people.
Hence, Johnston says, "the satire has a firm moral purpose — to expose tyranny and promote republican government.
A prince must have the wisdom to recognize good advice from bad. A prince, therefore, should only keep his word when it suits his purposes, but do his utmost to maintain the illusion that he does keep his word and that he is reliable in that regard.
But how are we to square this with his statements in The Prince.
More importantly, and less traditionally, he distinguishes new princedoms from hereditary established princedoms. He has to resort to malevolent measures to satisfy the nobles. Their relative importance is however a subject of on-going discussion. Why would Machiavelli effusively praise let alone even analyze a hereditary monarchy in a work supposedly designed to promote the superiority of republics.
Since there are many possible qualities that a prince can be said to possess, he must not be overly concerned about having all the good ones. It also makes it easier for rebels or a civilian militia to attack and overthrow the prince.
Machiavelli used the Persian empire of Darius IIIconquered by Alexander the Greatto illustrate this point and then noted that the Medici, if they think about it, will find this historical example similar to the "kingdom of the Turk" Ottoman Empire in their time — making this a potentially easier conquest to hold than France would be.
The "great" wish to oppress and rule the "people", while the "people" wish not to be ruled or oppressed. Since there are many possible qualities that a prince can be said to possess, he must not be overly concerned about having all the good ones.
Machiavelli is the only political thinker whose name has come into common use for designating a kind of politics, which exists and will continue to exist independently of his influence, a politics guided exclusively by considerations of expediency, which uses all means, fair or foul, iron or poison, for achieving its ends—its end being the aggrandizement of one's country or fatherland—but also using the fatherland in the service of the self-aggrandizement of the politician or statesman or one's party.
The Discourses on Livy: When a prince successfully suppresses a revolt, however, the ruler can easily prevent further revolt by harshly punishing the rebels and decimating his opposition.
A prince, therefore, should only keep his word when it suits his purposes, but do his utmost to maintain the illusion that he does keep his word and that he is reliable in that regard.
While Christianity sees modesty as a virtue and pride as sinful, Machiavelli took a more classical position, seeing ambition, spiritedness, and the pursuit of glory as good and natural things, and part of the virtue and prudence that good princes should have.
The fact that Machiavelli later wrote biting popular stage comedies is cited as evidence in support of his strong satirical bent. The Prince (Italian: Il Principe [il ˈprintʃipe]) is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli.
From correspondence a version appears to have been distributed inusing a Latin title, De Principatibus (Of Principalities). Author: Niccolò Machiavelli. One of the most important early works dedicated to criticism of Machiavelli, especially The Prince, was that of the Huguenot, Innocent Gentillet, Discourse against Machiavelli, commonly also referred to as Anti Machiavel, published in Geneva in In particular, Machiavelli employs the concept of virtù to refer to the range of personal qualities that the prince will find it necessary to acquire in order to “maintain his state” and to “achieve great things,” the two standard markers of power for him.
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