Reading LaoTzu And Machiavelli
Write an essay of approximately 4 pages (1,000 words) in which you consider the views of human nature that are revealed in reading LaoTzu and Machiavelli. What does each say about what people are inclined to do when they are not restrained by the government? What conclusion does each author reacch regarding a leader’s proper role in maintaining a society where people will live together in an orderly way? Make specific references to the readings to identify important statements that define the authors’ philosophy of leadership.
Also, include references to at least one other source that provides an example of leadership in our world today that seems to support the ideas of either LaoTzu or Machiavelli. This outside source should be a full-length (at least 500 words) article from a major metropolitan newspaper or magazine. Recommended sources are the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic magazine.
Begin by reading LaoTzu and Machiavelli closely to be sure you understand their main points. Plan your essay carefully so that you develop a clear thesis and organize your essay directly in support of that central idea. Use specific references to the additional article you have chosen to illustrate how a contemporary leader seems to apply principles like those of either LaoTzu or Machiavelli.
Your essay must be written in standard MLA format with a Works Cited page and appropriate in-text citations to identify all of sources of information taken from the text and the newspaper or magazine article. Proofread your final draft carefully to correct any problems with grammar, spelling and word usage.