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one must be aware that Machiavelli was at the service of the royalty, the
wealthy and the powerful Therefore any attempt to defend the interest of the
people, understanding for the people as the powerless, had actually no
incentive and was useless advice for the ruling elite According to his
philosophy, the happiness of the people is only valid if it is instrumental to
the ends of the leader The ends justify the means If happiness allows the
leader to preserve and increase his power then he will promote the conditions
that allow it, however, this interest in the happiness of the people does not e
from a true relationship of loyalty, service and love to those that give him
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