Now comes the venerable Mark Kurlansky with an excerpt from Nonviolence: The HIstory of A Dangerous Idea, dating from 2006 yet more relevant with each passing day of madness and mayhem. Interwoven iterations of Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd’s Knotted Revolver added by DP.
ANGEL APPLICANT, 1939
Writing in his journal in the late 1920s, Max Horkheimer, painfully aware of the violence that had been tearing German apart for a decade, stubbornly retained his pacifist disposition, though haunted by its evident limitations.
LETHAL HARMONY AT THE HOTEL EDEN
At roughly the same time, far to the south of Germany in the Transvaal, Mahatma Gandhi proposed a way out of this impasse through the idea of satyagraha, “soul force, pure and simple”. He writes: