Machiavelli: Violence As A Powerful Tool

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On the other hand, he shows compassion through the moderation of this violence when he states that: “Well-used cruelty (if one can speak well of evil) one may call those atrocities that are committed at a stroke, in order to secure one’s power, and are then not repeated, rather every effort is made to ensure one’s subjects benefit in the long run (Machiavelli, 2001: 437)...
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He did recognize that human nature would in fact lead to the downfall of a prince, because he explains, “it is much safer to be feared than loved.” To explain this Machiavelli explains “ men are less nervous of offending someone who makes himself lovable, then someone who makes himself frightening (Machiavelli, 2001: 450)...
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