n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Die etiek van revolusionêre geweld : 'n vergelyking van die Leninistiese en Gandhiaanse model

Volume 42, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Two revolutionary models helped shape the history of the twentieth century - the violent model of Lenin, and the non-violent model of Gandhi. The historical facts tend to prove that the first invariably led to violent dictatorships as in the communist world, while the last led to stable democracies, as in India itself and in the former communist satellites of Eastern Europe. However, the non-violent model does have limits in that it would probably not work against brutal totalitarian dictatorships, only against authoritarian regimes with a minimum of social conscience or those whose ideological enthusiasm were hollow.

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