Firstly, a background in ancient Greece’s politics was offered, speaking of the appeals and brutal regimes of government prior to democracy being restored.
The major issue addressed in the podcast is the execution of Socrates by the majority of Athens for the corruption of youth in and the introduction of gods that the Greeks did not once believe in.
The opposing view of justice in the podcast and Plato’s Republic is given by Thrasymachus, who claimed justice belonged to those with power as they have the strength to break the rules, exploiting the weaker. Breaking the law is more just than …show more content…
Much of what is presented in the dialogue has arisen multiple debates among philosophers, psychologists, artists and even the average person. There are a few instances where I agreed with Plato’s beliefs as well as the opposite. One of the clearest concepts of his work is that the rulers of society must have no ulterior motive than to truly help their people and such types of power should not be associated with individual dominance and wealth. Another idea associated with this is that leaders should have true understanding. Though I do not believe all leaders must be philosophers that have attained enlightenment, they must display moral integrity to some extent. Many leaders of present and past rulers were greatly motivated by individual goals and have had no sense of morality. One of the most prominent examples of such a leader would be Adolf Hitler, a man who conducted the genocide of 6 million Jews. This was largely based on his skewed view of race and his belief that that Aryan race was superior to others such as the Jewish which displayed his immorality. He was known to continuously blame the Jewish population, mainly through propaganda, for the German depression and other shortcomings that the German people had faced. As a leader one should have a proper moral stance that does not disregard all but one race. As a person, he clearly lacked any sort of understanding and lacked any sort of proper knowledge and understanding. He used the power he gained as a ruler to fulfill his own greed and destroy the lives of others surrounding him by bombing other nations, ordering mass killings and presenting himself as a god that has only done well. All of Hitler’s actions clearly disregard what Plato states that any leader should be. The devastating outcome of his rule that left Europe, North America, and even Asia in shatters is clearly well