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    Compare and contrast the realist and liberal views of human nature..
    If possible, can you give me some real life examples to help me better understand..

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    Realist VS Liberal Views

    First lets define what their respective views are and then we will help you understand in what ways they might be different.

    Realism - it is basically a political view that believes national interest and security are the ultimate entity and is superior to moral concerns, ideology, and social reform. People who follow this view generally believe that people are inherently self-centered and competitive, or even evil. This view was held by popular philosopher Thomas Hobbes who perceived people as rational beings. He had no faith in their abilities to live in harmony with one another without a government. As Hobbes saw it, the trouble was, people were selfish and the strong would take from the weak. However, the weak being rational, would in turn, band together against the strong. For Hobbes, the state of nature became a chaotic state in which person becomes the enemy of every other. It thus became a war against all, with terrible consequences affecting everyone. The solution then was for all citizens to enter into a contract with one another - 'commonwealth'. Under the contract, all citizens would agree to surrender all their powers to a sovereign power - what Hobbes called the ...

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    The solution describes the the differences betwwen a realist and a liberal viewpoint listing all their key characteristics.