The Machiavellian Mute Point
In the world of Machiavelli it is understood that ends are the justification and anything done in the pursuit of said ends is completely fine. This leaves on the table basically anything from mass slaughter to the laundering of money; if it helps meet a ruler’s ends then he or she is in the clear concerning the use of such tactics. Machiavelli even goes further to suggest that if a ruler is deciding whether they should be lenient or cruel, cruelty is definitely the way to go.
It is a concept that more is better and that if a ruler is going to be bad, might as well be as bad as the
y can be. Though in logic this makes perfect sense when applied to the real word a ruler will probably be surprised by the angry mob still waiting outside their castle walls. Yes, it can be assumed that ends that help the state are desirable, but when one goes through excessive means to gain such ends, they still might find themselves at the wrong end of the public attention spectrum.
The concept of ends justify the means is flawed in that it is assumed the ruler is reasonable. When the murder of one is only necessary for said end and the ruler decides to massacre an entire town to achieve the same goal, the mean cannot be justified. Though a ruler can manipulate his constituency, it is impossible to have such an egregious offense over looked.
Instead of preaching a lesson of doing more, Machiavelli should be promoting economical decision making. Efficiency over plain cruelty. The murder of a politician over the murder of a rebel group. It is in the ruler’s best interest to be as economical as possible with all their decisions, thus reinforcing the amoralism mentality constantly derived from the Machiavellian political world.
It’s not hard to understand that if one is excessive, people will be angry. Not over murder or other moral objections, but the fact that that the ruler is being just plain stupid. So to all aspiring Machiavellian rulers out there, your means will be justified by your ends, as long as they are reasonable and efficient