Niccolò Machiavelli’s Government

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli was an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer, who lived in Florence during the Renaissance. In 1513, Machiavelli penned a book called The Prince. This literary work presented ideas that broke the mold with many forms of government at the time. One major point Machiavelli made was that the state must do whatever it needs to maintain it. He said that many times the state would be thrown into situations where its only option is to act immorally. According to Machiavelli when that time comes the state must be ready to act. His point is that the ends justify the means. According to this principle Machiavelli had no time for Christianity. A religion that preaches gentleness, meekness, peace, and morality was a direct threat to Machiavelli’s power government.

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