Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince. On Gaining and Maintaining Power. Politics= Power Power in this world (what Renaissance value are we addressing?). Italy in the Twentieth Century. individual kingdoms vs. one nation-state (country). Nicolo Machiavelli Political Background—
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On Gaining and Maintaining Power
Power in this world
(what Renaissance value are we addressing?)
individual kingdoms vs. one nation-state (country)
1524 over control
Machiavelli’s advice ….
Loved vs. Hated
How Should You Lead?
Blamed vs. Praised
“Men judge by the eye rather than the hand, for all men can see a thing, but few come close enough to touch it.”
In your groups, complete the following steps:
Yet the way men live is so far removed from the way they ought to live that anyone who abandons what is for what should be pursues his downfall rather than his preservation.
He must be sufficiently prudent to avoid a reputation for those vices which would deprive him of his state, and, if possible, also avoid those that would not deprive him of it … he need not be concerned if he acquires a reputation for those vices without which he would be unlikely to save his state.
“Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never be lacking victims for his deceptions.”
The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.
All course of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not to the strength to suffer.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
Whoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
Men never do good unless necessity drives them to it; but when they are free to choose and can do as they please, confusion and disorder become rampant.