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The Prince Bundle by Macchiavelli

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A Good Rendition On The Prince And Other Works
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A Good Rendition on Macchiavelli

  • Jun 15, 2014
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The Prince Bundle consists of "The Prince",
"The Art of War" and "Discourses On The First
Decade of Titus Livius" . This bundle of marvelous
literature should be on hand for anyone who holds
public office. The principles set forth are practical
and describe the behavior of people and their expectations
quite remarkably.

For instance, Macchiavelli describes various scenarios for
ruling people in the early portion of "The Prince". The author
explains that " Men seeking to better their condition are
always seeking to change masters." To some extent, this
is happening in Iraq right now. A coalition of ISIS and
disaffected Sunnis once loyal to Saddam Hussein
are joining forces to grab power that had been denied
to their faction by the current leader-Prime Minister (PM)
Nuri al-Maliki.

Essentially, the current PM in Iraq ruled on a sectarian
basis which by default shut-out opponents like the Sunnis
from power. Now, the Sunnis have joined with ISIS to wreak
havoc in areas just adjacent to Baghdad.

Macchiavelli provided another important principle for the
current PM in Iraq. That is "He who becomes a Prince
via favour of the people should always keep on good
terms with them. Otherwise, there is no resource in
adversity."

A corollary to this rule is the following: "A Prince
therefore, who has a strong city and who does not
make himself hated, can not be attacked, or should
he be so, his assailant will come badly off."

The current PM in Iraq has been faulted for nepotism
in making official appointments, as well as, neglecting
the management of Iraq's huge oil resources and cash flow.
These faults have only added to the growing disaffection of
the masses.

There are important lessons from the Discourses of the
First Decade. For instance, the author affirmed that the
dissentions between the Senate and Commons made Rome
more powerful. Support for this is seen in the following
quotation: "I affirm that those who condemn these
dissensions between the nobles and the commons,
condemn what was the prime cause of Rome becoming
free..."

The Discourse teaches that organized dissent strengthens
and not weakens a realm. In the case of Iraq, the open
discourse between the ruling Sh'ia coalition of
PM Nuri al-Maliki and the disaffected Sunnis never
occurred because the current PM simply did not trust
the Sunni minority enough to include them sufficently in
the public discourse. Now, this oversight is becoming a
growing source of discontent being played out in the
streets rather than the safety and security of government
offices.

Overall, the current bundle of works including "The Prince",
"The Art of War" and the Discourses represents an important
resource for scholars, politicians, political scientists,
historians and the news media everywhere.

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