By Hans J. Morgenthau

Morgenthau seeks to improve a entire idea of foreign politics, which he phrases political realism. not like idealism (which assumes the “essential goodness and limitless malleability of human nature and the facility of politics to stay as much as ethical standards), realism assumes that the realm consists of opposing pursuits and clash between them is inevitable. Realism is essentially desirous about energy instead of morality or fabric pursuits. Morgenthau contains powerful assumptions approximately human nature – people aren't certainly stable and clash is the average end result of the hunt for strength, now not of bewilderment.

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48 The competition for power – whether of leaders battling for the applause of the people or the suitors competing for rank – threatens to tear the community apart. One can see articulated in the epics a political ethic that seeks to join the competitive 45 46 47 48 Comparison to noise: Il. 393–401; Od. 392; personal prowess: Il. 285; Od. 454; communal strength: Il. 262–66; divine terror: Il. 48–53. Bakker 2002: 139–40. Examples: Il. 207; Od. 201. See Il. 311–13; Od. 137–40, 148–50. Donlan 1979: 59; also Wilson 2002: 251–53.

Even Nestor seems to revise his earlier stance, later claiming that Agamemnon took Achilles’ war prize by force “against the will of the rest of us” (Il. 107–8). When the political space becomes subject to the whim of the leader, then, as Achilles points out, no one will be left who will readily (prophr¯on) obey (Il. 150). The ultimate consequence of such rule is borne out in the land of the Cyclopes where each man is the law (Od. 114–15). Or, closer to Odysseus’ home, the lawlessness of the suitors exemplifies the rule by prerogative not of one man, but of the elite acting (and devouring) each by his own rule.

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