13 Mar 07
Machiavelli mistook evil for corruptable, undisciplined and lack of morals. When Machiavelli wrote his books he talked about his own 'country' Italy. At that time Italy was divided into about 5 major states. All being pretty powerful but none being powerful enough to unite the country, which is what Machiavelli wanted. He blamed the church for this, but that's beside the point. What is the point that Machiavelli thought that in a republic people wouldn't be so corrupt, they would have morals and they would have discipline. So in a republic people would not be naturally bad or naturally evil.
• United States
13 Mar 07
I believe people are a product of their enviornment. People do what they know, and what you know is taught to you by those around you. If you are brought up in a amily of misfits, chances are you'll be a misfit yourself. If you're brought up in a loving enviornment you'll probably be a loving person.