Machiavelli’s Approach to Statecraft in “The Prince”


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Machiavelli’s Approach to Statecraft in "The Prince"
Machiavelli’s best known work is The Prince, a book on statecraft meant to inform the ruler about how to be effective and to promote the interests of the state. The message offered elevates virtu, or ability, above fortuna, or fortune. The work tells the leader how to take advantage of opportunities and indeed how to create opportunities rather than waiting for them to appear. This is clearly a celebration of the virtues of awareness, leadership, strategy, and ability and not of reliance on luck.
Machiavelli should be seen above all as a pragmatist in his approach to statecraft, meaning he emphasizes what works best and not ideology or set rules. His argument rests on the way people view...
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..... since that is not necessary to be successful and to achieve the goal. Still, as noted above, it is important for the Prince to avoid those things which might make him hated and despised because that would also make him ineffective. Machiavelli always takes a practical view and suggests that the leader do the same.
The Prince has to know how to get what he wants, which sometimes means manipulating others in ways that might be seen by the moralist to be nefarious. The choice the Prince makes must b e reasoned and be what is right for the state. This requires awareness and the application of knowledge and experience and not reliance on good luck.
Machiavelli, Nicolo. The Prince. Translated by W.K. Marriott. 2008. Forgotten Books.