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Human Nature

Realisms primary assumption is that egoism is the defining characteristic of human nature and that global politics is dominated by power struggles. Humans are selfish and greedy and ethical considerations should be left out of the conduct of foreign policy. The essential featues of human nature are unchanging, that insticts ultimately prevail over intellect meaning that humans are driven by non rational appetities, the strongest of which is the desire to have power over others. As part of humans


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