What were Machiavelli's beliefs?

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Nicolo Machiavelli, author of "The Prince," argued that whoever had the most power had the right to rule, to have authority over others, whether good or bad. Therefore, the job of political rulers is to acquire ever more power. Goodness and the right to rule are not enough to warrant leadership, according to Machiavelli. He stated that only a leader who can acquire and maintain adequate power to keep the state in order should rule.
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