I do layman’s research with genetics and am curious. There is a gene called the “Warrior Gene.” Allegedly, it makes people more likely to fight, gamble, be aggressive and be involved in substance abuse. Many also take calculated risks.
We hear all the talk about what is going on with whether Israel will bomb Iran. That’s when Realpolitik rears it’s head.
Why were Jews so passive in the resistance of violence through the Diaspora in Europe. If you read Ernst Van Den Haag‘s The Jewish Mystique, he says you did not fight back because you were outnumbered and would get the majority of the community killed. Of course, no one imagined the Nazis.
Realpolitik is not slimy. It is the evidence you have in front of you. The gangsters in 1930’s Brooklyn saw the men in the neighborhood, who were ground down by hard jobs. Many were born in Eastern Europe or on the Lower East Side as the children of Eastern European immigrants. Sure you could go to jail or be killed racketeering. You hoped your kids would not have to do it though.
Realpolitik, it is more than just politics.