||[Apr. 5th, 2005|08:45 pm]
That's one way of looking at it.|
Another would be to say that a government that can be bent in that way has no right to govern.
Ask yourself this. Why does a hunger strike work?
2005-04-06 03:23 am (UTC)
Because it brings attention to a larger issue that is being ignored? Who really has a right to govern? Does the government have Divine Right to govern it's people? No, it's there for the good of them. If that good is not being done, perhaps a hunger strike is the only perceived way of taiking nonviolent action to change things for the better.
hmm I didn't mean to make a new post....I don't know how I did that.
It draws attention you are absolutely right, but what power does it have if it is ignored?? The government feared losing face so it gave in. He now had leverage against them. Had they ignored him, he would have died. The people's leader been lost, and colonial rule maintained. Or the people would have risen up, and tested their resolve against that of the British.
Ghandi was a great man willing to die for his people, and yet how many would die for him? How many people still follow his teachings of peace and nonviolence?
His legacy is dead because he won his people their freedom, rather than the people winning it for themselves, and learning about the responsibility that comes with rights. Liberty is the most costly right, and it is not inalienable.
Ghandi won that right for his people. He knew how to disarm his opponent. Was it a tantrum? Of course, any conflict is a tantrum. A flailing out.
A government has a right to govern if it has the strength and ability to do what is best for the nation and stay its course, despite the mass. Listen to people speak of their rights, and you hear tantrums, listen to people speak of responsibilities to their nation and you will hear silence because nobody believes they have any. Universal sufferage will be the death of democracy, and we are dying I promise you that. Only people who can vote in the interest of public benefit and not of self benefit should have the right to vote.