Machiavelli Essay Research Paper Machiavelli and the

Machiavelli Essay, Research Paper

Machiavelli and the President Lately, the president of the United States Bill

Clinton, has pursued some policies that have been very unpopular not only with

the general public but the electorate as well. Besides the whole Monica ordeal

he feels that these unpopular policies will effect the results of the next

election. The presidential advisors have formulated countless plans but no plan

has seemed to work. One idea would be to leave the unpopular policies as they

are because of the president and advisors belief that they are the best for the

country. Another option would be to just present the unpopular policies in a new

way to maybe change public opinion on them. Still another would be to just

ignore the policies and concentrate on the election. No matter what option , if

any, should be chosen one must be thought up quick and it must not only address

the problem but solve it and fast. Since I have recently learned about

Machiavelli and his work titled The Prince I feel his opinions would help to

influence some decisions for the president and his advisors. A first and very

important view of Machiavelli would be his view of the prince and his advisors.

?It is an infallible rule that a prince who is not wise himself cannot be well

advised.?(p.117) As it is up to the prince to be well advised it is also up to

the president to be well advised as well. The president?s advisors, as well as

the president, are not sure what actions to take, which in Machiavelli?s view

would not be a good characteristic of a leader and as a result would not help

gain friendship of the people. Good relationship with the people is one of his

greatest points because without the people there is no leader. The leader, the

president, must have the support of the people and if not he will not stay in

power long. The president is not doing a good job of this because of his very

unpopular policies. Machiavelli would never choose to just continue on the same

path and peruse unpopular policies. ?It is necessary for a prince to possess

the friendship; otherwise he has no recourse in times of adversity.?(p.65) In

response to this he would abandon the unpopular policies and concentrate on

winning the election, keeping the people happy. Not only should the leader

concentrate on the present and the future but consider the past. ? The prince

ought to read history and study the actions of eminent men, examine the causes

of their victories and defeat in order to imitate the former and avoid the

latter.?(p.82) History is bound to repeat itself if not watched very

carefully. The leader must avoid repeating the blunders of the past and take

note of the victories preceding him. Another view that would help the president

out in his policies would be Machiavelli?s view on boldness. The leader is far

better of to be bold instead of cautious. If you expect for the worse and be

prepared for bad times even if its not the best strategy you will be better off

in the long run. ?For if it happens that time and circumstances are favourable

to one who acts with caution and prudence he will be successful, but if time and

circumstances change he will be ruined, because he does not change his mode of

procedure.?(p. 121) The leader must at all times be prepared for the worst so

he does not get caught off guard and make the people mad. If these views of

Machiavelli seem straight forward or to direct maybe Leo Strauss or J.G.A.

Pocock could explain these methods of leadership to the president. Pocock would

elaborate on the subject of historical awareness. He could help the president

understand that we have to look to our past to help better ourselves for the

future. Strauss on the hand would compare Machiavelli to the greeks and thier

writtings. He would go in depth though about how the greeks, Mr. T in

particular, were kings in understatements while Machiavelli was very

straightforward in his writtings. After presenting these views to the president

I hope my knowledge of Machiavelli and his way of thinking could help influence

the policies in place and maybe help the president win the up coming election.

Maybe after my essay is read and I graduate Southwest Texas with a Political

Science degree maybe I could get a job at the White House and someday take over

his job.


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