Idea: Seek to establish similarities between Machiavelli and Hobbes, talk about some important differences, then conclude with some remarks on how both authors failed to anticipate what would promote peace and liberty as we see in the modern world.
THESIS STATEMENT: On the surface, Hobbes and Machiavelli appear to advocate for polar opposite forms of government. Although their ideologies are different in paper, there are surprising similarities in how they believe liberty and peace are maintained in practice. However, in the end, but both of these thinkers failed to forsee what has proven to secure liberty and peace in the modern world.
Main Point #1: Hobbes and Machiavelli have conflicting definitions of liberty, which creates the illusion that their beliefs on how society should be ordered are incompatible with one another.