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Autarky might be hip, but it’s economically disastrous – “Reflections on Gandhi” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 16th, 2011 · No Comments · Autarky, Economics, India, Policy, Politics, Progressive Politics

I remember reading its opening chapters in the ill-printed pages of some Indian newspaper. They made a good impression on me, which Gandhi himself at that time did not. The things that one associated with him—home-spun cloth, “soul forces” and vegetarianism—were unappealing, and his medievalist program was obviously not viable in a backward, starving, over-populated country.

While most people remember Gandhi’s campaigns of peaceful non-violence in support of the independence of India, few remember that his economic program of anti-industrial autarky was a recipe for mass-deprivation and suffering. Admire his means, but not his message.

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