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  •  I agree that he was not (1+ / 0-)
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    compromising in his goals. But he never spoke of destroying people. It was the ideas that drove them that he wanted to eliminate and he had no desire for the demise of those he confronted. His ultimate ideal was to live in partnership, not enmity with the British.

    In short, if Gandhi were involved in American politics of the 21st century he would, IMHO, seek to change conservatives, not destroy them.  He would also understand that given the current social orientation of the country, conversion is the only hope. There are simply too many people who lean toward conservatism to for us to "destroy" them without destroying the country in the process.

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:54:34 AM PST

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    •  I get what you're saying and I partially agree (0+ / 0-)

      with it. However, Ghandi kicked out the Brit govt, and didn't try to work with them. He froze them out. We can't really work with today's R party, it has to be dismantled and marginalized. The word 'destroy' may be hyperbole. But until the R's moderate, we can't really work with them. Ghandi tried negotiating with the Brits and it didn't work. That's why he launched his Satyagraha movement for independence. Early on, his goal wasn't indepedence but greater autonomy and the end of abuses of power by the British. He tried that for awhile, he was a lawyer and also tried getting justice through the courts. He came to the conclusion that none of these worked, so he started the satyagraha movement, and it wasn't even until later in the movement that he decided independence was the only way for Indians to self govern. He didn't seek the 'destruction' of the Brits, but he sought to boot them out because you couldn't work with them. We're just about to that point with the R party. Yes, they are part of the government but until they change, it is fairly useless to work with them.

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