Religion is one of the best political tools for Machiavelli. Through it, rulers can have law
biding citizens and great soldiers, because the fear of god makes them obedient. In fact, if
a ruler must choose between fear of him or of a god, he should choose the god—a ruler
will die, whereas a god won’t.
Catholicism is the reason behind Italy’s failure. The church isn’t powerful enough to
unite the population against foreign powers: it keeps t stagnant and divided. However, it’s
too powerful, because it prevents people from uniting Italy. The pope should be involved,
or let someone else be.
The church has ruined its potential for positive influence. It’s behind the murder of a huge
amount of people, leading to its loss of power and motivation. Because it’s s