The Art of Politics: Machiavelli Part I Studying Politics as an end in itself, not just as a means Politics as an Art Our purpose here is to study politics as an end in itself, not just as a means by which policies are created, implemented, etc.
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Studying Politics as an end in itself, not just as a means
How might we apply The Prince to our world today? Let’s extend the Prince to current debates, such as the situation in Iraq.Please feel free to offer comparisons!!
People live under two types of governments, principalities and republics.
What does this sound like? How does it compare to our world today?
This passage suggests that people are socialized to adapt to a certain political culture. Implications?
Machiavelli says that hereditary principalities are stable since ruling families are recognized, but were they always that way?
Hence, much of the Prince is dedicated to how to turn a Mixed Principality into a Hereditary one, whereas in the Discourses, his other big work, he explains how to form a Republic.
Consider the problem of replacing a regime when one is a citizen of that country; now consider what it takes from the outside. Let’s discuss Iraq.
In comparison to Iraq, Afghanistan appears to be more welcoming with fewer people resisting, but some regions are more hospitable than others.
We go on…
What is moral?
If we impose regime change, topple Saddam, in the name of morality, can we dispose of morality to win?
Do the ends justify the means?
“...men should either be caressed or eliminated, because they avenge themselves for slight offenses but cannot do so for grave ones; so the offense one does to a man should be such that one does not fear revenge for it.”
To what extent do you believe non-Americans are convinced this is isolated. Even if isolated, the ability to manipulate this is a generous present to the enemies of the USA.