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Feng Guifen vs Yan Fu

Towards the end of class today, we read two documents expressing the two different perspectives of implementing technology into the Chinese culture. The first author we read was Feng Guifen, who made an argument that the Chinese should adopt Western … Continue reading

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Education: Making a Difference

The British instillation of progressive secondary education in India opened the eyes of some Indians (mostly high-caste Hindus) to Enlightenment ideas of equality, freedom, and other human rights. Having been exposed to these ideas through their English education, many Indians … Continue reading

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Gandhi and Punk Rock

Were Gandhi alive today, would he be interested in punk rock? Perhaps the music itself would repel him; it isn’t very much like traditional Indian music, and its intensity is not for everyone. However, he would probably be interested by … Continue reading

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Parallels and Contradictions Between Gandhi and Locke

After our discussions regarding Gandhi’s nonviolence campaigns against the British government, I began to consider the parallels between Gandhi’s beliefs and those of John Locke. Like Locke, Gandhi believed in the people’s right to freedom in terms of their possession, … Continue reading

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Moving Forward: Post-Gandhi

Admiration: I am a huge fan of Gandhi. What he stood for and believed in, the actions that he took, and what he accomplished is incredible.  Each individual aspect of his endeavor was awe-inspiring by itself, but together, as a comprehensive whole, … Continue reading

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Gandhi’s Moral Authority

Gandhi had a clear distinction between being a leader with moral authority compared to being a leader just possessing political power.  In his eyes political power can easily lead to corruption, unlike moral authority that prevents the corruption of political … Continue reading

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Characteristics of a Good Leader

As I read the passages from the homework on the Indian Nationalist Movement, one of the things that I noticed was that Gandhi evolved into a powerful leader. According to the assignment (pg. 17): “[b]y 1920, Gandhi was recognized as … Continue reading

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Bolsheviks, Nazis, and the Spring Play

The spring play this year is called “All Through the Night” and it takes place in Germany during the time that Hitler was in power. During rehearsal today, I noticed that one of the characters talks about the Bolsheviks. This … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as human nature?

We’ve talked about human nature–whether it exists, what it is–a number of times in this course: in conjunction with our discussion of Hobbes and Locke, in our look at Marx’s dialectical materialism, and at a number of places in between. … Continue reading

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Nicaraguan Revolution

Recently, I took a vacation to Nicaragua. It was purely a rest-and-relaxation trip, but while I was there, I did learn a bit about the Nicaraguan Revolution, an event that spanned much of the 1980’s, and turned Nicaragua against the … Continue reading

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