Gandhi's attitude was not that of most Western pacifists. The middle-class people with military and professional traditions have always considered themselves superior to the commercial class.
He stresses the deadening and debilitating effect of unemployment on everyone concerned, the human degradation it entails among the more miserable of the unemployed, and the devastating effects of unemployment on the morale of the workers.
However, as his nonviolent methods grew more targeted at the British, it had left the conservatives angry. They were either unable to adapt themselves to new conditions or forced by financial and industrial tyrants into a life-time of depressing suburban conformity.
Yes, war is coming soon. It was what he wanted even now. One has the impression that this attitude staggered even so warm an admirer as Mr.
The secret cells where the electric light burns night and day, and the detectives watching you while you sleep. As George Bowling remarks, it is the after-war that matters because the brutal fanaticism responsible for the War will have transformed the world into a hate-world, a slogan world: The coloured shirts, the barbed wire, the rubber truncheons.
It takes Gordon Comstock thirty years to become reconciled with life and clear up the confusion aroused by his education. Long, long rows of little semi-detached houses — the numbers in Ellesmere Road run to and ours is — as much alike as council houses and generally uglier.
Even after he had completely abjured violence he was honest enough to see that in war it is usually necessary to take sides. But let it be granted that non-violent resistance can be effective against one's own government, or against an occupying power: even so, how does one put it into practise internationally?