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Ghandi vs. The Nazis

An interesting debate happened in my forums... if the world was full of people just like Ghandi, who were totally for non-violent civil disobedience as their weapon against injustice, would that make it easy for a small group of violent people to take over the world and kill everyone? I'm thinking no. First off, what would be the point? The non-violent people won't work for them, and won't care about their lives or possessions unless they're free. The violent people would get sick of gunning everyone down and gaining nothing but blood on their hands. Ghandi freed India because the British government developed almost a conscience and cared about public opinion, but even without these cares I think the nonviolent activists would prevail.

Not that we'd ever have that many nonviolent activists. It takes a lot of courage and strength to be like that, more than what 99% of the population has.

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gikiski
Jul. 29th, 2003 07:35 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with you, but only because you chose the correct opinion. Without production, WWII would have only been four letters.
belgand
Jul. 30th, 2003 06:15 am (UTC)
More fun is Ghandi vs. Zombies. Mindless undead who cannot be reasoned with and exist only to kill contrasted with non-violent resistance.

I think the most important thing here is that the non-violent people have to be in a position of power. Now, this assumes that the power to destroy is actually the most powerful thing you can have. Thus, if the aggressors are dependent on you working for them or otherwise being properly subjugated, cannot (for whatever reason) subjugate their compatriots, are fully rational about their actions, and cannot achieve any desirable ends by your complete destruction... then yes. This puts you in a position of ultimate control and can possibly be used to positive effect by the pacifists.
sarahkatheryn
Jul. 30th, 2003 01:53 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, this was an interesting post! I actually took a class last semester "The Literature of Human Rights" and his sections of black vs. whites, labor movment, women's movement, and then his last section was comparing and contrasting Ghandi and Hitler, I have this INCREDIABLE quote I should give you where Ghandi talks about Hitler, and then in the quote where Hitler talks about Ghandi he says something about how the solution to the "problems" england is having with India is to "shoot Ghandi. And if that does not sufice shoot 3000 members of them (meaning the indian national thingie people thing). . ." and something about how that'll teach them. It was shocking, but when I get home this evening I'll post it fer ya, its very interesting.
kreie
Aug. 3rd, 2003 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'm inclined to think so, but then I look at China vs. Tibet and I change my mind. :-/
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