The End Justifies the MeansMachevilli Essay

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The End Justifies the MeansMachevilli





¿The End Justifies the Means?

Niccolo Machiavelli served as a secretary and diplomat of the Florentine Republic. While
he served Machiavelli wrote a book, The Prince, in 1513 which assisted political leaders
to maintain power by any means necessary (Machiavelli 1). Machiavelli’s theory, the end
justifies the means, has been used by political leaders in the present which has caused
some disastrous affects. Adolph Hitler and Joseph McCarthy used this theory and this led
to their personal downfall, and Saddam Hussien also used this idea and his country is now
in shambles. This idea has been proven harmful to the country that uses it, therefor this
idea should not be applied.

Adolph Hitler’s rule over Germany left it in ruins. Hitler tried to destroy the Jewish
people to make a “perfect race” and take over Europe. One of Hitler’s reasons for killing
Jews was because according to him they caused World War I and to unify Europe (Duffy, x).
The extermination of six million Jewish people in order for him to take control of Europe
gave Hitler more support from the German people because it gave the Germans a scapegoat
that took the blame off them of World War I. His concept that the end justifies the means
did not help him keep power but just helped in his downfall. After World War II and
Hitler’s death the world realized that the killing of all these people was not justifiable
in keeping power, there for Machiavelli’s theory did not help Hitler keep his power.

A Senator named Joseph McCarthy caused a panic over Communism in the government by
declaring Communists had infiltrated the U. S. State Department. Many of those accused by
McCarthy were in the literary or entertainment fields and were "blacklisted" and unable to
find work (Friedman). His accusations caused political, governmental, and social turmoil
that did not help the country at all. His accusations had little or no evidence to back
them up (Friedman). McCarthy thought that accusing blindly would help the country by
ending the presence of communists in the government, but it only caused his downfall from
the government and problems. His accusations of government officials caused that he be
removed as a chairman of the subcommittee and to be censured be the Senate on a vote of 67
to 22 (Friedman). His paranoia led to many innocent people to be accused and be humiliated
because he wanted to end communism.

Saddam Hussein, the leader of Iraq, invaded Kuwait in the late 1980s for its rich supply
of oil (Haddad). Iraq was greatly hurt economically and militarily by this invasion.
Kuwait was also greatly hurt economically, because when Iraqi soldiers set many oil wells
on fire, which cost Kuwait about two billion dollars per month on oil loss (Haddad).
Saddam thought more land and oil would justify deaths of thousands of his soldiers and
other countries that fought against him. Also, by lighting the oil wells on fire damaged
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