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One of these years

From Tom H. Hastings, The Invisible King, at truthout (2011-01-17):

You watch. Over the weekend and on Monday, the Hallmarked memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be sanitized and blackwashed until he is no more than a sentimental husk hoping that little children of all races will one day be able to play together. Then you’ll see shots of just that, as if to indicate, “Well, thanks, that’s all done, nice historical figure. Bye.” One of these years, they will probably launch the USS Martin Luther King Jr., a spanking new destroyer, or perhaps they will name a class of drone aircraft the “MLK Ground Dominators.”

But I am sure that if Dr. King were alive today, he would agree with all of my political objectives, including especially the most violent parts of my foreign policy agenda and all of my most accommodating moral compromises with the political status quo.

As a historical note on the rest of the article, King, SNCC, and other activists in the Freedom Movement certainly innovated and developed the understanding of nonviolent resistance beyond what Gandhi had done. But I don’t think it’s quite fair to Gandhi to say that he volunteered to help the British or stood aside without objection during Britain’s wars. Perhaps this is a fair summary of his attitude toward the Boer War, the Bambatha uprising, and World War I. But Gandhi’s thought was evolving throughout his life, too, and he later said that it was what he saw during the Bambatha war that really brought home the horrors of war and the need for a different approach. It is, in any case, not at all an accurate description of Gandhi’s attitude during World War II. It was in the midst of World War II that he drafted the Quit India resolution and called for non-cooperation with the British war effort. He also routinely criticized the Allied war effort as trying to defeat the Nazis by becoming as ruthless as they were. As a result, he spent 1942-1944 in prison, along with most of the rest of the Indian National Congress leadership, specifically for criticizing and calling for resistance against the War.

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/archives/2009/04/28/eminent-domain-through-the-bac">&quot;Eminent Domain Through the Back Door&quot; - Reason Magazine. <cite>reason.com</cite> (2010-08-28)</a>. In which the city government's Bulldozer Brigade in Montgomery, Alabama attacks "blight" -- by which they mean black people's houses. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-08-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2010/08/28/c4ss-appeal/">C4SS Appeal. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2010-08-28)</a>. <q>Guest Blogs by Brad Spangler and Kevin Carson PLAN B: Okay, It’s Time to Panic by Brad Spangler Dear Supporters of the Center for a Stateless Society, I blame myself. When we launched the month-plus long fundraising drive for combined July and August expenses two weeks ago, I tried to...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-08-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2010/08/gandhi-on-state.html">Gandhi on the State. Sheldon Richman, <cite>Free Association</cite> (2010-08-27)</a>. <q>"The State represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence." --Gandhi(HT: Shikha Dalmia)Atom</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-08-29.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/c4ss/~3/Wd_Pf76mynk/3428">True Economic Liberty: Not a Conservative Idea. Darian Worden, <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2010-08-04)</a>. <q>Alexander McCobin (“Considering a Conservative Plea for Libertarian Support,” Students for Liberty, 08/04/10) makes an excellent rebuttal to the claim that libertarians are just a faction of conservatism. The label “libertarian” indicates someone who consistently supports the liberty of the individual — a standard that most conservatives just don’t reach....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-08-29.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/c4ss/~3/LGpVEz3hWEM/3672">Unpaving is Progressive. Kevin Carson, <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2010-08-17)</a>. <q>Rachel Maddow and Paul Krugman, among others, have been in a tizzy recently about the unpaving of roads. One result of Congress’s refusal to renew counter-cyclical stimulus grants to state and local government is that fiscally strapped governments are cutting back on highway maintenance. Specifically, dozens of counties in several...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-08-29.)</em></p></li>