OpenStudy (anonymous):

What would be a current example of an European leader with Machiavellian qualities?

6 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

There are the obvious leaders, pretty much any militaristic dictator would be considered Machiavellian, so your Stalins, Hitlers, Hussiens, etc. Polpot in Cambodia (the killing fields) would be a good Mach. Senior General Than Shwe from Burma... he's had had all kinds of press lately trying to squash the monks. oh shoot, it has to be a european leader?! hmmm. maybe Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France... or Margret Thacher was quite a character and would make for a good study. After that I would choose Angela Merkell of Germany.

6 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

It would depend on what your definition of Machiavellian is. If I assume that we can define it as..."political expediency is placed above morality and the use of craft and deceit to maintain the authority and carry out the policies of a ruler by subtle or unscrupulous cunning, deception, expediency, or dishonesty"...then if could be argued that this this the theatre of all leaders/politicians. It is essentially "real politik", the unseen back office politics within and between nations, so you could arguably choose any current or past European political leader. The important thing is what we accept as permissible from our politicians/leaders. Do their Machiavellian practices benefit us on an individual of social group level?

6 years ago
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