The Prince one of the theoretical writings which have accrued major debates on the applicability of its contents. The prince is a book which was written by an Italian analyst by the name Nicollo Machiavelli. Initially, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote this book the prince in his mother tongue language but it was later translated into a number of languages in order to be understood by interested stakeholders. The prince was written in the sixteenth century and it highly dominated the book industry with it luminous focus on the form of administration and governance appropriate for the best kingdom, country or territory. It is one of the Italian work or written material thought to be derived from very intense as well as extensive critical thoughts. This is supported by a number of philosophers as well as sociologist all over the world who acknowledge that the prince was written from the work of critical thoughts. Despite being a considerably short document, the content focused on treatise and governance elements embraced in the book are vividly remembered and applied in daily activities especially those linked to governance and administration (Kahn, 1986).
The elements and characters of political conducts which are elaborated in a number of styles which seems to be appreciative as expressed by Niccolo in his book The Prince were viewed as dreadful by interested stakeholders. According to those opposed to the contents expressed by the prince, they argue that the prince promote immorality in any form of governance. Nevertheless, some levels of immorality dominate in the prince as expressed by those opposed to Niccolo writings and this actually created some debatable contentious issues. In addition, as expressed by Niccolo in his book, he greatly preferred to have a free republic in any form of territory. For instance, Italy has been dominated and controlled by catholic doctrines which have been greatly and extensively been incorporated in the governance itself.
Some critics validate his acceptance of criminal and immoral dealings by leaders and other governing bodies by acknowledging that Niccolo Machiavelli lived during a time of unremitting political disagreement as well as conflicts. In addition, Italy was by then characterized by political stability and minimization of wavering events which subsequently influenced gratification, equality and sense of freedom. Subsequently, people got slowly loosened and relieved from the clutch of medieval Catholicism’s as expressed in the classical teleology. Medieval Catholicism together with classical teleology has been viewed to be greatly neglecting human needs especially those linked to the needs of a common man. In addition, the two antiquated issues have been impending innovation and enterprises. In The Prince Machiavelli does not vividly explain what he presumed to be the best or appropriate political or ethical objectives. Nevertheless, he comprehensively elaborates the issue of own fortune control rather than waiting for chances (Strauss, 1958).
In addition, he acknowledges that well focused individuals should develop and invent as well as utilize their virtue elements and prudence appropriately. This is in accordance to some traditional theme of advices and instruction to Christian princes especially those linked governance and ethics. Machiavelli considered a number of conquering styles which can be adopted by any governing leader. Some of these governing techniques include the Conquered kingdoms where the king is seen to depend entirely on his lords. Such structural forms of administration are seen to be easy to create but holding their structure is usually difficult especially in the current dynamic world. The second form of governance structure embraced by Machiavelli includes the Conquests by virtue as expressed in chapter six of his book the prince. This is governing through evaluation of the overall aftermaths of the form of administration adopted. Other forms of governing structures proposed by Machiavelli include the Conquest by fortune, being selected to be a prince by own citizens and lastly the Defense and military techniques.
Being a leader or ruler of your own country in these modern days, I would embrace a number elements or advices from Machiavelli ideas. For instance, embracement of ethical and virtue forms of governance which allows people to be own inventive and dependent. Any form of governance should allow free interaction of those occupying higher administrative seats as well as those who are not. However, I would greatly shun elements which promote immorality and unethical practices as expressed in some chapters of the book the prince. Such elements of immorality and unethical behaviors impends the natural flow of resources as well as information. Subsequently, economic growth as well as political stability is highly affected (Dent, 1995).
The prince is a book which was written by an Italian analyst by the name Nicollo Machiavelli. Initially, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote this book the prince in his mother tongue language but it was later translated into a number of languages in order to be understood by interested stakeholders. . It is one of the Italian work or written material thought to be derived from very intense as well as extensive critical thoughts. Nicollo Machiavelli acknowledges that well focused individuals should develop and invent as well as utilize their virtue elements and prudence appropriately. This is in accordance to some traditional theme of advices and instruction to Christian princes especially those linked governance and ethics.
Dent, J (1995), “Introduction”, The Prince and other writings, Everyman. London.
Kahn, V. (1986), “Virtù and the Example of Agathocles in Machiavelli’s Prince”,
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Strauss, L. (1958), Thoughts on Machiavelli, University of Chicago Press