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R48G: gandhi’s moral lunacy, and…again, pulling up short by declaring ‘virtual revolution’…

August 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Readers should be wary her: we have discussed violence but haven’t strictly speaking proposed it.
Our critique of nonviolence is not a proposal of violent tactics on the left, or is it? We have proceeded historically and hypothetically. And proposed violent strategies but in a context of virtual revolution, gyrating back and forth potential scenarios and strategies. The morality of nonviolence tends to be hypocritical (cf the quote below from a critique of Gandhi).
The US has provoked an immense amount of suffering on the world and it needs to be challenged. Well-heeled middle class leftists usually just give up and excuse that with Gandhian fetishism.
It may be the case that nonviolence could work as a strategy but the situation of the Civil Rights movement was something different. Let us recall that when MLK adopted a larger revolutionary stance he was murdered.
But in any case we consider the exercise of ‘virtual revolution’ in many ways, one of them as a kind of gedanken experiment, which must certainly review the dilemma. Our basic thesis begins with the consideration that you won’t ‘give up’. The rest follows from that. If you have a philosophy of nonviolent strategy, all well and good, but don’t use Gandhi or MLK to justify it.

Let’s be clear: consider the English Civil War, and the question of the birth of democracy. If you propose nonviolence some will claim that you will condone tyranny forever on that basis. Just?
So, as to virtual revolution: how is the question of capitalism to be resolved? As we see now, the issue, because of climate catastrophe, cannot wait…


For Gandhi to demand of the poor, downtrodden, and bitterly exploited Indian masses to first demonstrate their unmistakable commitment to non-violence before their struggle could receive with Gandhi’s approval (just a few years after he had unapologetically defended an imperial war) was simply unconscionable. Clearly, Gandhi had one standard for the Indian masses, and quite another for the nation’s colonial overlords. But this was not to be the first occasion for Gandhi to engage in such tactical and ideological hypocrisy.

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