The proponents of nonviolence live in an imaginary world whose implications in the end will prove more violent and kill millions where a fight against the powers of current states moving toward catastrophe might save millions of lives.
The power of nonviolence was a remarkable tactic in the hands of MLK but it was limited in scope and we see King before his violent assassination starting to confront the larger field of social injustice, state criminality, imperialism, and capitalist penetration. He could see the limits of his tactics. And the grim fate of King tokens the fate of the nonviolent activists should they begin to threaten the status quo. And King’s activism saw the intervention of army troops, and in the end was unable to really resolve the issue of racism. And a generation of nonviolent inaction on the left has produced nothing in the way of real change and paralyzed the attempts to deal with climate catastrophe. Nonviolence simply emboldens those who know they can simply ignore those who adopt nonviolent tactics and the complete indifference of capitalist entities here in clear knowledge of the dangers that have brought a whole society to the brink. It is clear that without a true response the force of capitalism will destroy a planet and the Gandhian saints indirectly induce genocide. The history of democracy is NOT a tale of nonviolence, starting with the brave stand of the Greeks/Athenians against the Persians. The American democratic revolution was a violent war against an imperial power that succeeded against all odds. And the Civil War clearly shows that nonviolence could never have abolished slavery.
In the final analysis American democracy is no such thing as its oligarchic aspect reigns in the name of ‘democracy’ as a facade. The path to real democracy demands a new definition as ‘democracy’ freed of capitalist fascism and domination. The better name is ‘democratic socialism’ and a path to dealing with the de facto rogue state defined by capital.
We should note that Gandhi is a misleading figure: his labors did little or nothing to produce independence in India, and it was observed by the neo-buddhist figure Rajneesh that a regiment of men with rifles could have freed India in the 1920’s. As if Ukraine were any model for nonviolence!
We need to face the crisis on its way without sentimental pseudo-ethics of the brand of nonviolence fake sanctities.
In recent weeks, leaders and commentators here and abroad have rightly framed Russia’s brutal aggression against Ukraine as a struggle between autocracy