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The Greatest Enemy of Fascism is Man – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Greatest Enemy of Fascism is Man – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Extremism, History, Human Rights, Totalitarianism, WW2

If Fascism should ever be fully assured of its final triumph, the world will choke in blood. If the day ever dawns when Fascism is without armed enemies, then its executioners will know no restraint: the greatest enemy of Fascism is man.

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The Limitations of Non-Violent Resistance – Reflections on Gandhi from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 17th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Limitations of Non-Violent Resistance – Reflections on Gandhi from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · Extremism, History, Ideology, India, Non-Violence, Pacifism, Totalitarianism

At the same time there is reason to think that Gandhi, who after all was born in 1869, did not understand the nature of totalitarianism and saw everything in terms of his own struggle against the British government. The important point here is not so much that the British treated him forbearingly as that he […]

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

November 17th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Horrors of Pacifism – “Reflections on Gandhi” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · 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 […]

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“Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · Civilisation, Security Policy, Uncategorized

A humanitarian is always a hypocrite, and Kipling’s understanding of this is perhaps the central secret of his power to create telling phrases. It would be difficult to hit off the one-eyed pacifism of the English in fewer words than in the phrase, ‘making mock of uniforms that guard you while you sleep’.

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

October 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on Gandhi and Extreme Pacifism – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James · 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 […]

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