Since Apr 1, 2005
Realism makes several key assumptions. It assumes that the international system is anarchic, in the sense that there is no authority above states capable of regulating their interactions; states must arrive at relations with other states on their own, rather than it being dictated to them by some higher controlling entity (that is, no true authoritative world government exists). It also assumes that sovereign states, rather than international institutions, non-governmental organizations, or multinational corporations, are the primary actors in international affairs. According to realism, each state is a rational actor that always acts towards its own self-interest, and the primary goal of each state is to ensure its own security. Realism holds that in pursuit of that security, states will attempt to amass resources, and that relations between states are determined by their relative level of power.
"Putting people first has always been Americas secret weapon. Its the way weve kept the spirit of our revolutions alivea spirit that drives us to dream and dare, and take great risks for a greater good." - Ronald Reagan
"It is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." --Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering
"We cant solve our problems using the same thinking we used to created them. " - - Albert Einstein
Civil Engineering: The art of directing the great sources of Power in Nature for the use and convenience of man.
My 4.6 KW personal power plant
Installed for conservation and independence, my wife just says I'm a cheap geek.