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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Totalitarianism definitions

Totalitarianism

  • A political system in which those in power have complete control and do not allow people freely to oppose them
  • In totalitarian systems, everyone tends to suspect everyone else, even members of their own circle of family and friends.

Source: Cambridge International Dictionary of English



Totalitarianism

  • centralized control by an autocratic authority
  • the political concept that the citizen should be totally subject to an absolute state authority

Source: 2001 by Merriam-Webster


Machiavelli and Totalitarianism

Machiavelli does not suggest that princes rule through Totalitarianism. For example, Machiavelli does not prohibit tumults. He only suggest that a prince should act in such a way to minimize tumults.

Machiavelli also does not suggest that a prince should always suspect everyone of conspiracies, like would be the case in absolute totalitarian governments.

Machivelli also contrasts the different ways to manage a principality. Shared control with barons is discussed as an option too, and is not prohibited.


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