Idealism Vs. Realism (Liberalism)



The S.H.I.E.L.D corporation is a good example of a group that has realist ideas.

- They take those with superpowers and take them into their organization before others do

- In Captain America: Winter Soldier, the highest council member Alexander Pierce said, "War is inevitable..."

- In the Avengers movie, S.H.I.E.L.D gathers the Avengers to prepare for the alien attacks before they happen

Key Ideas (Realism)

- Preemptive strikes

- Idea that conflict is inevitable

- Ethnocentricism/Cultural Superiority


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The Nova Corps. from Guardians of the Galaxy is a good example of a group that practices Idealism.

- Diplomacy to prevent war

- Attempts for galactic peace (treaties)

- Fighting is their last option

Key points (Idealism)

- Focus on peace and diplomacy

- Idea that everyone is fundamentally good

- Humanitarianism

Past examples

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was human rights activist who was a good idealist.

- Focused on peaceful protest

Malcolm X

Malcolm X is a good example of a realist.

- He wanted to secure rights for blacks by any means necessary, including violence

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