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Sunday, September 19, 2004


Thought for the Day: From Hannah Arendt's On Violence:

In a head-on clash between violence and power, the outcome is hardly in doubt. If Gandhi's enormously powerful and successful strategy of nonviolent resistance had met with a different enemy -- Stalin's Russia, Hitler's Germany, even prewar Japan, instead of England -- the outcome would not have been decolonization, but massacre and submission. However, England in India and France in Algeria had good reasons for their restraint. Rule by sheer violence comes into play where power is being lost; it is precisely the shrinking power of the Russian government, internally and externally, that became manifest in its 'solution' to the Czechoslovak problem...




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