Machiavelli’s Political Views

Political Science / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Utopian elements of his ideas. The Prince. Role of the leader to maintain power and control.

Niccolo Machiavelli would clearly fall into the first category in the first sentence of the following statement:

There are two ways of being unpolitical: to think that politics can do everything, and to think that politics can do nothing. The first leads to Utopianism and fanaticism, the second to Epicureanism and apathy; yet despite their opposite effects, both are symptoms of the same disease, a failure of realistic vision.
Machiavelli may not believe that politics (as condensed in the person and power of the prince) can do literally everything, but in the mere act of writing a book such as The Prince, he has made clear that he believe politics, through the effective and ruthless prince, can do much, or whatever the prince might dream of doing with such power. Therefore, if forced to decide…

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