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Man and State- Machiavelli wrote a great book on princeship. At the time when he wrote the book, people thought it was nonsense and they misinterpreted it. They believed Machiavelli was saying a prince should be cruel and harsh, and not mild. What Machiavelli really meant was a prince should act on a situation as it approaches him and act upon it as necessary.

A government is only requisite if it is based on the Ten Commandments. He believed that a government must be based around the Second Table of Law. According to Frederick Nymeyer, "two things, Machiavelli declares, will cause a prince to be hated, namely, rapacity of a prince consisting in "usurping the property and women of his subjects."" He acquired his knowledge when he was employed in the political business himself.