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The Horrors of Pacifism – “Reflections on Gandhi” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Extremism, History, Ideology, India, Non-Violence, Pacifism, War, WW2

Gandhi was asked a somewhat similar question in 1938 and that his answer is on record in Mr. Louis Fischer’s GANDHI AND STALIN. According to Mr. Fischer, Gandhi’s view was that the German Jews ought to commit collective suicide, which “would have aroused the world and the people of Germany to Hitler’s violence.” After the war he justified himself: the Jews had been killed anyway, and might as well have died significantly. One has the impression that this attitude staggered even so warm an admirer as Mr. Fischer, but Gandhi was merely being honest. If you are not prepared to take life, you must often be prepared for lives to be lost in some other way. When, in 1942, he urged non-violent resistance against a Japanese invasion, he was ready to admit that it might cost several million deaths.

It’s horrific conclusions like this that leave me in terror of all absolutists and extremists….

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