Modern Day Princes
An interesting point that was brought up in my class was to think on modern day Princes. From this I was able to determine that in my opinion that are about four main traits that make up a Machiavellian prince. The first trait is to be feared yet loved. As seen from the “Prince” one needs to be able to control their people yet at the same time must not be hated by their people, to avoid mutiny. The second trait is that the “Prince” must have the support of the general populous. With the support of the general populous the Prince will be able to once again control his people. The third trait is that the Prince should be in the pursuit of power. He should do what is necessary to gain, get control of and main control. The last and final trait, in my opinion, is that the Prince must have some sort of intelligence. For him to possess and maintain the traits previously described, the Prince must be somewhat intelligent to do what is necessary to be considered a Machiavellian Prince.
From this description of a Prince, I think a perfectly good example of a modern day Machiavellian Prince is Lebron James. I think that Lebron is a perfect example because he exemplifies all of the main traits that pertain to making an individual a Machiavellian Prince. First, Lebron is feared among the NBA league by his opponents and their fans. Their fear does not come in the sense that they are afraid that he will hurt them, but in the sense that his talent is so great that if you are on the opposing team one must fear his skill. The next trait that Lebron posses is that he is indeed not only respected among the league for his skills but is also loved by his fan base. One could make the argument that since he has moved to Miami that his fan base has diminished, but from the Heat fans I’ve talked to, they love and revere him. In the sense that Lebron is in the pursuit to gain power, his move to Miami instead of Cleveland is a perfect example. Lebron left a team that had a chance to be the best or at least compete to a team that is now considered to be the best and most talented team in the league. Lastly, Lebron is somewhat intelligent, though many sour Cleveland fans would disagree, Lebron is a man that has taken his talent and made millions of dollars off of it and is now on a team to possibly become a world champion.
I thought that this was an interesting discussion to dissect and I think it would be interesting to see what others thought or what other modern Day Machiavellian Princes people could come up with.