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Machiavelli on Religion

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His main writings are an illustration of realpolitik, a government policy that emphasizes retaining power by using any means necessary including war and deceit. "Niccolo Machiavelli ? emphasized a political calculus based on interest, prudence, power, and expediency above all other considerations." (Kegley pp 36) Therefore, one must remember when reading Machiavelli that he is attempting to use religion as an instrument to maintain political power rather than a mechanism for achieving ideals...
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Machiavelli feels that it is safer to be feared than loved, but a great leader would hope to be both even though it is rather difficult. His reasoning behind this is that he feels the nature of man is to be fickle and greedy and man will turn against the political leaders in difficult times despite his loyalty during prosperous times...
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