Rulingof the Prince The book, The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, discusses astep by step guide on how princes should conquer and rule states. Machiavelliuses many allusions to reference past rulers and metaphors to further explain histhoughts. The author’s thought on human nature was verycontradicting compared to what everyone else thought at that time. Humanistssay that a person grows only when they are a part of or is involved in thestate they rule.
However Machiavelli believes princes should be feared yetrespected. “And one of the most effective remedies that a prince can haveagainst conspiracies is not to be hated and despised by the people” (19).Machiavelli also states how princes should not rely on promises and how it issafer to be feared than loved. “The reason for this is that in general men areungrateful, inconsistent, false, cowardly, and greedy. As long as you succeed,they are yours entirely…” (17) In chapter 18, Machiavelli uses the metaphor of a fox anda lion, both symbolizing “the beast and the man” (18), the beast being the moreup front leader side, but the fox symbolizing being able to get away with thosethings without being hated. The author uses the quote, “A prince, therefore,being forced knowingly to adopt the beast, ought to choose the fox and thelion; because the lion cannot defend himself against traps and the fox cannotdefend himself against wolves. Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox todiscover the traps and a lion to frighten the wolves: (19). If you have boththe traits you will be able to be powerful but still respected.
The prince says a lot about government and compared totoday, Machiavelli probably wouldn’t think Trump is a good president.Machiavelli believes in citizens having respect in the ruler but no onerespects trump as our president, he is neither loved nor feared. Peoplenowadays treat trump like a joke. Our president can have harsh punishmentssometimes, for example the immigrants, and Machiavelli would agree with thattactic but yet he wouldn’t because the citizens today don’t like Trump andMachiavelli made it very clear that the ruler has to have a good relationshipwith the citizens. To conclude, the prince discussed many ideas and rules tofollow by to become a successful ruler in that day.
Although not all of it mayapply to today’s society, it certainly helps because history always repeatsitself.