He also touched on totalitarian themes, arguing that the state is merely an instrument for the benefit of the ruler , who should have no qualms at using whatever means are at his disposal to keep the citizenry suppressed. Unlike Plato and Aristotle , though, Machiavelli was not looking to describe the ideal society , merely to present a guide to getting and preserving power and the status quo.
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His other major contribution to political thought, the "Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio" "Discourses on Livy" was begun around and completed in or It was an exposition of the principles of republican rule , masquerading as a commentary on the work of the famous historian of the Roman Republic.
It constitutes a series of lessons on how a republic should be started and structured, including the concept of checks and balances , the strength of a tripartite structure , and the superiority of a republic over a principality or monarchy. If not the first, then it was certainly the most important work on republicanism in the early modern period.
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Discorsi Prima Deca Tito Livio by Niccolò Machiavelli
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