Is a strong military necessary for success?
From chapter 14 in “The Prince” Machiavelli states that “ A ruler, then, should have no other concern, no other thought, should pay attention to nothing aside from war, military institutions, and the training of his soldiers (32).” He later goes on to say that “ The prime reason for losing power is neglect of military matters; while being an expert soldier opens the way to the acquisition of power (32).” This statement may hold true for times long ago but in the current day with such little military demand does it still matter to have the largest and most powerful armed forces? Should countries be focusing more on industry and investments? Do leaders of countries need to stress the importance of the military in order to be elected?
From the CIA’s website, it was shown that Switzerland has a gross domestic product per capita ranked 16th in the world, while their military spending is ranked 130th in the world. I feel that this is one way to show that success can be obtained without a powerful military.
(All references in the text are to Machiavelli, “The Prince,” in Modern Political Thought:Readings from Machiavelli to Nietzsche, 2nd Ed., edited by David Wootton, p.32)