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Myth in Political Theory

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It was meant to replace any national traditions which any community has and replace it with one that is state imposed. This is a much more literal example then the other thinkers I will discuss. The first modern political thinker Niccolo Machiavelli taught that the foundation for a state is an individual's instinct for self preservation...
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The effective ruler is one who succeeds in identifying this instinct with the instinct for the preservation of the city-state. How does he do that? By violence and fear. We see the same thing in Thomas Hobbes. In his system, the source of the political order is the fear of death. Hobbes assumed that the way to identify the essence of human nature was to hypothesize what we would be like if we were stripped of all laws, tradition, customs; basically of civilization itself...
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