Teaching Political Realism

Hans Morgenthau, Kenneth Waltz, and Niccolò Machiavelli were on tap in my IR class today. There is nothing like challenging students’ moral dilemma with game theory and pragmatic examples. Yep — if I robbed a bank to pay my student loans they would not turn me in. It was at this point the number of contradictions were seen. Machiavelli’s criminal virtues and the role of the church made for good examples.


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