Neitzsche and Plato on the Warrior Class

The 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.

That is if we want our officers 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 thoughts on “Neitzsche and Plato on the Warrior Class”

    1. 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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