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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