Machiavelli famously declared that it is better for a prince to be feared than loved, simply because fear is controllable whereas love is not. Is this analysis correct, and if so, what implications does that have for the current election cycle in the US?
I would rather have a leader that I like. Fear wreaks of ego-maniacal tendencies. I have often pondered, in a day and age that makes gods of celebrities and celebrities of political candidates, what would God really do? If'n I was God, I would want people to LOVE me, not fear me. On a lighter note: I'm fairly terrified of Mitt, does that mean he would be the better leader? LOL
I don't like Plato or Machiavellian style of leadership!!
In this present time, media is so powerful. They overanalyzed, some regurgitate stuff too much! You can't even say a word which is not scrutinized left and right! I am saying media act like Machiavelli!! The price of so called democracy!
Yes, and that's why alternatives are becoming more attractive. When candidates can't run on issues, most of which are foreign to the electorate anyway, the only thing left is attack ads. Sadly, they seem to work. Plato, by the way, placed democracy down the list on preferred forms of government, thinking it would disintegrate into mob rule. Even he didn't anticipate the class distinctions we have now.