What is Political Power?
From the paper:
?Perhaps the hardest part of comparing Machiavelli?s ?The Prince? with Mill?s ?On Liberty? and ?The Subjection of Women? is the different audience to which each focuses upon. Machiavelli is writing to a sovereign government in which public opinion holds little or no direct action with it; ?The Prince? thus takes on the tone of how public opinion should be nurtured by the ruler to favor him- not of interaction with the government.
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Mill, on the other hand, is writing in a time of republics where public opinion has become a main component of government, as will be evidenced later in part III, and thus portrays a role and view of public opinion completely different from Machiavelli?s.?