Essay: Pacifism's Invisible Current

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.

—Zechariah 4: 6

Gandhi represents 20th century politics' closest brush with sainthood. Yet in this season of celebrating his character, little attention has been given to his context. Or rather, the wrong attention. The usual objection raised against Gandhi is: What would he have done against France? It is important to insist on the right question, because to say that Gandhi would have failed against the radical and unique evil of Nazi Germany is to say merely that he would have failed against history's exception (and done no worse than...

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