Gerry Canavan

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‘Gandhi and the Politics of Nonviolence’

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I want to suggest, though, that the myth about Gandhi develops in the same way that it develops about Martin Luther King so that we as a movement internalize the lesson that’s most beneficial for the 1% of society. That lesson is as follows: that we fail as movements because we are violent, not because they are; that we ought not to talk about openly defending ourselves against their violence, even though they are prepared to and talk all the time about using brutal force against us, as we saw in Oakland just last weekend; that we as a movement should police ourselves and focus on internal divisions, which they happen to sow; and we should continue to believe that the reasons they hold on to power, wealth, oppression, and arms is because we are not sufficiently pious, humble, or meek.

Snehal Shingavi at a recent Occupy Austin Teach-In.