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Niccolò Machiavelli

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (Italian: [nikkoˈlɔ mmakjaˈvɛlli]; 3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist, and writer of the Renaissance period. He has often been called the father of modern political science. For many years he was a senior official in the Florentine Republic, with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, and poetry. His personal correspondence is renowned by Italian scholars. He was secretary to the Second of the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, when the Medici were out of power. He wrote his most well-known work The Prince (Il Principe) in 1513, having been exiled from city affairs.

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Everyone knows that Machiavelli asked the famous question "Is it better to be loved or feared?". For my history class we were required to read the Prince by Machiavelli and write a short synopsis of his argument. I was intrigued to find out that Machiavelli didn't simply claim that a leader should strive to be feared; instead he claimed that every successful ruler has to incorporate different approaches to his power depending on each unique situation. He argued that well-used cruelty submits people into obedience while subtle admiration and attention makes people feel as a priority within the rulers’ concern. So the answer isn't as black and white as people normally think

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Tupac is known to have studied and idealize Machiavelli. He even named and album and clothing brand after him. Check out their similarities.

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Read his book The Prince. It was modeled after a ruler in Europe named Cesare Borgia.

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"Because life is short and many are the pains that every man bears who lives and stints himself, let us go on spending and wasting the years as we will, for he who deprives himself of pleasure only live with labor and toil does not understand the world's deceits."

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