Describe the George W. Bush and Machiavelli’s Principle of War
Describe the George W. Bush and Machiavelli’s Principle of War. Compare the ideas of any two of the authors (Plato, Machiavelli, Lao-Tzu, or Arendt) concerning the idea of governing/ruling. Compare and contrast the authors’ ideas on the topic. Then take a position on the issue, using real life evidence from history or current events to support your opinion Ideas: Look at the ideas of cruelty, kindness, violence, control, knowledge, war-making, fear, etc., and how they connect to political leadership.
Choose ONE text (Plato, Machiavelli, Lao-tzu, or Arendt). Create an argument that the author has one central belief or principle that underscores the rest of his or her treatise—that is, one main idea that is “the point.” Select one quote from the text that, to you, best represents the author’s essential viewpoint. Then explain how that quotation connects to other specific parts of the text.Ideas: Does all of Lao-tzu’s advice relate to the idea of simplicity? Does all of Arendt’s text relate to the idea of total domination?
Choose ONE modern-day (20th-21st century) politician or ruler whom you feel either exemplifies—or does not exemplify—correct governance, as outlined by either Plato, Machiavelli, Lao-tzu, or Arendt. Using concrete evidence, explain what aspects of this political figure’s conduct are most in line with that author’s philosophy, and/or what this political figure should do to be more aligned with the ideas of that same philosopher.
Ideas: Did George W. Bush follow Machiavelli’s instructions on war? Did Joseph Stalin follow his instructions on avoiding being hated?