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Gandhi and Extreme Pacifism – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

October 4th, 2011 · No Comments · Extremism, History, Ideology, India, Non-Violence, Pacifism, Policy, Politics, War, WW2

Moorehead also recorded an unsettling insight into the intransigence of Gandhi. Challenged about the possible effects of relying on passive resistance to dissuade the Japanese, Gandhi was forced into his fallback position of averring that not even the Japanese could kill every Indian. Moorehead, who already had some idea of what Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union added up to in terms of population control, clearly had his own opinions.

Non-violent principles are great – but Gandhi had some seriously troubling policy positions that were generally a function of unwaveriong ideological purity. His economic views were utterly ruinous for similar reasons. He started with a position that Indians should be responsible from themselves and pushed that to the extremes of autarky and self-sufficiency – a recipe for impoverishing his nation.

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