THE REVIEW OF”THE PRINCE “AUTHOR:NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI. BY:MUNGAI

To the modern politician, those aspiring to seek,or,increase power .political pundits and observers and those who do have a soft spot for politics ,THE PRINCE,by Niccolo Machiavelli ,is a must read which makes a perfect mincemeat delicacy.

A basic handbook of politics ,statemanship and power .It is a good fodder for the{princes}who wants to delve in politics.THE PRINCE is witty,informative and devilish shrewed which has long been required reading for those interested in politics and power.

Written by consummate Italian,a florentine nobleman ,Niccolo Machiavelli {1469-1527},he is synonym for crafty plotting and offering strategem.Born in the descendant of an old Tuscan family.

He was an active participant in the troubled and unstable political life of his native FLORENCE.At a time before modern democracy ,Machiavelli was less concerned with the right and wrong than with currying favor with the ruling Medicis,and ,his work came to be thought of as a bluprint for dictators.

In his days the cities were engaged in continual struggles which often resulted in open warfare within inter-cities.The balance of power was therefore ,so shifting and precarious that a shrewd onserver like Machiavelli could have no illusion about his city’s having found a solution to it’s political problems.At long last ,the political kaleidoscope in Florence exiled him .

It was in exile that he reconnected with himself after a lifetime of winning and losing at the game of politics ,that he set down to write down this highly readable formula rules and moves for anyone who seeks power.

And,to quote him of what he states in his letters ,he writes that,when the evening comes ,i return to the house and go into my study.Before i enter i take off my rough mud-stained country dress.I put on my royal and curial robes and thus fittingly attired i enter into the assembly of men of old times.Welcomed by them i feed upon that food which is my true nourishment ,and which has made me what i am.IĀ  dare to talk with them and ask them the reason for for their actions .Of their kindness they answer me.I no longerĀ  fear poverty ,or,death—-From these notes i have composed a little work,THE PRINCE-a letter addressed and dedicated to Lorenzo,The Magnificient,son of Piero Di Medici.

In the letter -The Prince -Machiavelli is in the business of explaining power:how to get it,how to keep it,how to use it and how to keep it away from others .In effect he provides his readers with a recipe for the ideal principality.Inorder to concocta truly excellent prince,one able to serve thousands ,Machiavelli lists what will be necessary:for the stock,one needs arms:for favor,allies:for depth,appropriate amounts of the sweet and the and the bitter;and for thean extended shelflife,filled coffers.

He unveils the hidden architecture of power,explaining why and how individuals are willing to subordinate their own personal interests to a larger social entity despite the fact”that there is nothing more difficult to carry out ,nor ,more doubtful of success ,nor more dangerous to handle ,than to initiate a new orderof thing.

In his wittiness,only Machiavelli too could have said that it was “a condition and not a theory”that confronted him.And,it is only him who could say that it is best to be both feared and loved:however,if one cannot be both ,it is better to be feared than loved.

On Conspiracy,he says,{a}princeneed trouble little about conspiracies when the people are well disposed ,but when they are hostile and hold him in hatred ,then he must fear everything and everybody.

On goodness-A man who wishes to make a profession of goodness in everything must necessary come to grief among so many who are not good .Therefore it is necessary—-to learn how not to be good ,and to use this knowledge and not to use it ,according to the necessity of the case.

The first impression-the first impression that one gets of a ruler and of his brains is from seeing the man that he has about him

Fortune-I certainly think that it is better to be impetuous than cautious,for fortune is a woman ,and it is necessary—-to conquer her by force.


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