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In 1651 Thomas Hobbes wrote Leviathan thus introducing the backbone of realist view in politics Hobbes believed that humans posses a desire to dominate and this urge is the base for our political interactions I agree with Hobbes in this animus dominandi as the driving factor behind mans political thought Although I agree greatly with Hobbes I would still classify myself as an idealist I believe that through idealist actions it is possible to attain greater power than through the heavy-handed ways of realism A realist belief is that the very nature of politics is increasing power keeping power or demonstrating power Because of this emphasis on power realists wish to limit power of groups like the UN Force or a threat of force is used as the means of dominating others in this forum Realism depends on competition among sovereign states thus creating conflict This conflict would then be resolved with the nation-states as primary actors Realists oppose a world federal government because it would eliminate the competitive nature of politics War results naturally from realist views Safeguarding national interest is essential to keeping power and is believed to be policy makers foremost concern Realists would argue that power is the universal ideal that transcends national allegiances and boundaries A realist would believe that a display of force would be more effective than economic sanctions Realists key belief is that those with the power should play the most important role in decision making These views seem to be in sharp contrast to the more peaceful idealist beliefs Idealists support organizations like the UN to promote peace Force can be accepted as a last resort in international relations Cooperation between nations drives idealism Idealists believe that organizations like the UN should step in as the primary actors to resolve problems A world government would be the pinnacle of idealist cooperation Community is believed to be the natural human desire instead of war Idealists would be
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