Rodney King Liberalism

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As an International Relations Liberal, my answer to the Rodney King question of “Can’t we all just get along?” is a resounding yes, but with an asterisk. Realists assert that human nature is the underlying root of warfare and point to the discouraging statistics on the number of wars and their casualties. Since human nature cannot be changed, humans and their societies will always have the willingness for violence. In opposition to that view, “…Liberals believe in the possibility—perhaps even the inevitability—of human progress” (Shimko 40) Liberalists would argue that to focus solely on the rare occurrences of war ignore the larger context and distort reality to create an unfavorable view of humanity. As time progresses, the human condition

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