Plato and Neitzsche on the “Warrior Class”

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-05-22 at 9.03.20 PMThe Guardians “versus” Warriors dialogue has changed in modern American policing, now with an openly stated recognition that at times police officers need to be “fierce warriors.”

We still await the recognition that this means a commitment to career long development, and standards in “the arts of war” and physical training, as well as in character and philosophy far greater than what the profession currently provides to rank and file officers. Screen Shot 2018-05-22 at 9.04.08 PM

That is, if we want them to be successful guardians.

An interesting comparison of views of the warrior class, based in the views of Plato and Neitzsche. We can see that this is an age old and cyclical discussion continually revisited during certain political times.

Though scholarly this is an accessible read:

http://users.polisci.wisc.edu/polphil/GillespieNietzscheWarriors.pdf

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2 comments

    • Thank you, man.

      The whole “guardian” thing has been a starting point for exploration that has made me realize the importance of the meaning of the words we use, and the ideas they carry with them. That was probably the original intent, so the joke is on us, no?

      I know you can appreciate how much an ethos based in budo has to offer in this area in particular.

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