I want to get something straight about the “You become as bad as…” trope, because it’s bullshit. Someone who would commit violence against non-violent people is likely to keep doing so. Someone who DEFENDS themselves with violence against that act is an involuntary participant socially and psychologically more likely to revert to non-violence post-threat.
Alice X commented @FarceBook: no day is a good day for promoting violence. You’re losing the plot - becoming as bad as the fascists.
My Response: I had mixed emotions about posting this but I’ve NEVER been “Pacific”. I WILL stand up for my rights, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY, WITH ANY WEAPON AT HAND.
On the other hand(sic) I do not, nor have I ever promoted violence as a SOLE SOLUTION.
Only people who have never been subject to a random act of violence or government suppression of their right to survive could think that they could EVER be free of those intrusions into their freedom without violence, and don’t hand me Mohandas Gandhi as an example of anything relevant. He just wanted the British out of India. He HAD NO INTEREST WHATSOEVER in changing the societal power relationships in Indian society, and his family was just as much oppressors of their own people as the Brits were.
The Gandhi family is still despised in much of India’s society for that failure to make even MINOR MODIFICATIONS TO THE CASTE SYSTEM OF OPPRESSION, FAILURE TO COOPERATE with other elements of their movement who would have done so, and the Gandhi family’s STILL overbearing hand in Indian politics according to recent op-eds from the regional news media.
Mythbusting is easy. IF one cares to do so and isn’t relying on myth to make one’s case. Here’s your ‘pacifist’ in reality:
“In April 1918, during the latter part of World War I, the Viceroy invited Gandhi to a War Conference in Delhi. Perhaps to show his support for the Empire and help his case for India’s independence, Gandhi agreed to actively recruit Indians for the war effort. In contrast to the Zulu War of 1906 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914, when he recruited volunteers for the Ambulance Corps, this time Gandhi attempted to recruit combatants…” [wikipedia]