01-13-2017, 06:26 PM
Gandhi, a Libertarian Saint?Can the Jews resist this organised and shameless persecution? Is there a way to preserve their self-respect, and not to feel helpless, neglected and forlorn? I submit there is. No person who has faith in a living God need feel helpless or forlorn. Jehovah of the Jews is a God more personal than the God of the Christians, the Mussalmans or the Hindus, though as a matter of fact in essence, He is common to all and one without a second and beyond description. But as the Jews attribute personality to God and believe that He rules every action of theirs, they ought not to feel helpless.
– Mohandas Karmchand Gandhi
The Asiatic peoples are not justified in blaming the invaders for atrocities committed in previous years. Indefensible as these excesses were from the point of view of liberal tenets and principles, they were nothing extraordinary when measured by the standards of oriental customs and habits. The demands for liberty and self-determination on the part of the Asiatic peoples are a result of their Westernization. The natives are fighting the Europeans with ideologies borrowed from them. It is the greatest achievement of Europe’s nineteenth-century Asiatic policies that the Arabs, the Hindus, and the Chinese have at length grasped the meaning of Western political doctrines
— Ludwig von Mises in “Omnipotent Government”
Gandhi is often quoted in the libertarian literature, for his beliefs in non-violence and his sainthood. One must be bothered. The issue is not Gandhi, for he had no real philosophy, but the corruption of libertarianism that usage of his name entails. Gandhi was a simple-minded common-man devoid of much thinking-power or common-sense but who events of history propelled to sainthood.
The Path to Power
Gandhi was in every text book of my school in India. Every subject I studied had something on Gandhi. Mathematical examples were explained using Gandhi. In our literature text book, if two lovers met, they discussed Gandhi. We practiced elocution using Gandhi’s speeches. We enacted his conversations. We used his quotes everywhere. We were taught to copy Gandhi’s conduct in our lives. Of course that was only the façade, for hypocrisy unashamedly, in stark nakedness, ruled.
Our teachers thrashed us, if we failed to fully explain the nuances of Gandhi’s beliefs in non-violence. People would talk about why not to eat meat and drink alcohol and why to speak the truth, and then promptly defied their own talks in their actions, almost without blinking an eyelid. Dishonesty and corruption ruled every sphere of the Indian family and social life. Despite society’s existence in intellectual lethargy and cesspool of conflicting beliefs, you faced immediate opposition, often violent, in case you challenged the hypocrisies.
There was absolutely no way a saint could have arisen to a position of power in that society. Such a society has no eyes to identify a saint. In India, to rise up, you must pass through a maze of approvals from corrupt power-brokers and pander to the base demands of the masses. To survive, you had to play a manipulative game, with friends, in families, in jobs, in schools, in business, and, of course, in politics.
You ruled with a heavy hand or you were submissive, depending on who had the power; nothing ever was based on either fairness or compassion. It is for this reason that India is poor and wretched. Like the great Indian rope trick, non-violence was a complete myth.