The Fall of Machiavelist Leadership with Sarkozy

The Fall of Machiavelist Leadership with Sarkozy

The developments I have witnessed in the domestic and international politics took me to a journey 500 years back. I remembered the views of the political philosopher Machiavelli (Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469-1527), who lived in Florence, Italy and his famous book “Prince”.
Machiavelli is considered as the founder of modern political science. His approach to politics can be summarized as “the main aim is to maintain the sustainability and strengthening of the state”. This approach considers every method decent in arriving at the objective.
In his book “Prince”, Machiavelli brings forth the following views:
• When a new land with different cultures is captured, the ruler must settle there to keep these lands at hand for a long time. When Turks captured Byzantium, their rulers settled in those lands. Thus they have managed to control all the Byzantine territories.
• The ruler must not fear to be accused for the oppression he has practiced when trying to maintain the interest and welfare of his people.
• If the ruler will be harmed while fulfilling his promises, he should not fulfill them.
Looking at the near history of Turkish politics we see many samples of this approach. We see that many leaders, fearing to lose their power, have adopted Machiavelism with every aspect. The promises of “two keys”, famous “500 days” words are still remembered. Looking back now we see that such statements were only populist statement aiming to cheat the people. This is the reason for the public not trusting any politician easily.
Machiavelist leaders try to resume their power through efforts to cheat the voters not only in our country but also in the rest of the world. One leader promises establishing a permanent base to the moon while one other promises permitting polygamy (plural marriage).
France, which is considered as the cradle of democracy, recently is exposed to many practices against this perception. All these approaches are lead by former president Nicholas Sarkozy. During his election campaign, Sarkozy promised more pressure on Muslims; including practices like banning “halal” meat for Islamic schools, reducing the number of migrants and depriving them from the right to vote, hosting representatives of the Armenian community where he announced that he has instructed to rewrite the law for banning the denial of the Armenian genocide claims. Sarkozy tried to gain votes from the voters by giving an image of anti-Turk and supporting Armenian thesis. However many people know that his main aim is not lose the power, and gain votes with such promises to remain in power.
Having said these, I thought Sarkozy might have read Machiavelli’s book and adopt the principles stated there. I am also sure that if Machiavelli had lived now, he would have the opportunity to enrich his book with practices from Sarkozy.
People who adopt Machiavelist thinking are not trustable nowadays. They do not act on an ethical base; their only aim is to win money or power. Their ethical or religious beliefs cannot block this desire to win.
The socialist candidate Hollande on the other hand, followed a realistic approach and stated that he would embrace all the people and fix the broken relations. With only a few realistic and achievable promises, Hollande won the elections.
The sample of Machiavelist leader type has now been buried after Sarkozy lost the election. We hope all voters will be aware to punish such politicians they deserve …