Is Democracy overrated?
Does strength corrupt? Or do corrupt humans search power?
Do company puppet masters pull politicians’ strings?
Why does Frank seek advice from the digital camera?
Can politics convey at the promise of justice?
House of Cards depicts our worst fears approximately politics at the present time. Love him or detest him, Frank Underwood has charted an inimitable path via Washington politics. He and his cohorts depict the darkest dealings in the sparkling halls of our such a lot respected political associations.
These 24 unique essays learn key philosophical matters in the back of the critically-acclaimed series—questions of fact, justice, equality, chance, and privilege. The amoral machinations of Underwood, the final word anti-hero, function an awesome backdrop for a dialogue of the political theories of philosophers as various as Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Marx. From political and company ethics, race family members, and ruthless paragmatism to mass media collusion and sexual politics, those essays take on a number of matters very important not just to the sequence yet to our figuring out of society today.
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He notes to reporter Zoe Barnes, “Treading water is equal to drowning for individuals such as you and me. ” Machiavelli believes that it is important to be daring and audacious, making your personal success instead of looking forward to possibilities to give themselves. As Frank tells Secretary of country Catherine Durant, “If you do not like how the desk is decided, flip over the desk. ” “We're in a truly grey quarter. Ethically, Legally. Which i am ok With. ”—Zoe Barnes Politicians were telling lies for so long as there were politicians, yet Machiavelli is the 1st identified political theorist to suggest mendacity. He writes, “Princes who've accomplished good things were those that have given their observe frivolously, who've recognized the right way to trick males with their crafty, and who, in any case, have conquer these abiding by means of sincere ideas. ”2 He could appreciate the best way that Frank has completed the presidency via lies and deception. within the first episode of apartment of playing cards, Frank is enraged while President Garrett Walker breaks his promise to make him Secretary of nation. yet rather than expressing his bitterness, Frank retains a peaceful external and performs the a part of the President's unswerving supporter, the entire whereas plotting to take strength from him. He deceives Congressman Peter Russo into pondering that he'll aid him to turn into governor of Pennsylvania, while he particularly plans to sabotage Russo's profession. Later, he pretends to be aiding President Walker to house the congressional committee investigating chinese language contributions to tremendous PACs, whilst rather he's simply surroundings Walker up for impeachment. Machiavelli might even approve of Frank's use of strategic homicide. whilst Russo attempts to come back fresh to the click approximately his addictions and his position in Frank's schemes, Frank kills him by way of gassing him in his personal motor vehicle. while Zoe digs too deeply into Russo's demise, Frank kills her by means of shoving her in entrance of a relocating subway educate. In doing so, he is being much less bloody than usurpers from historical past who Machiavelli holds as much as be famous for his or her ruthlessness—like the Greek normal Agathocles (361–289 BCE), who became the republic of Syracuse into his dictatorship whilst he referred to as the the Aristocracy to a gathering after which had all of them butchered. One feedback that Machiavelli could make of Frank is that he's too liable to taking revenge. for instance, while Frank states that he wishes billionaire Raymond Tusk “obliterated” for advising the President opposed to making him Secretary of nation, Claire items, “More than that. Let's make him suffer,” to which Frank replies, “I have no idea even if to be proud or terrified. might be either. ” yet Machiavelli could say that Frank may be upset in her. not just does the target of creating Tusk endure distract from the target of accumulating strength, but in addition it truly is prone to make an influential guy sour towards them. Machiavelli warns us to prevent hurting humans we're not going to kill, because they're at risk of harm us again. He writes that “men needs to be both pampered or beaten, simply because they could get revenge for small accidents yet now not for grievous ones.