Gandhi on non-violent action & civil disobedience

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt. And a citizen who barters with such a state shares in its corruption and lawlessness…Every citizen is responsible for every act of his government…There is only one sovereign remedy, namely, non-violent non-cooperation.  Whether we advertise the fact or not, the moment we cease to support the government it dies a nature death….My method is conversion, not coercion, it is self-suffering, not the suffering of the tyrant….I hope the real Swaraj (self-rule) will come not by the acquisition of authority by the few but by the acquisition by all of the courage to resist authority when abused.  In other words, Swaraj is to be attained by education the masses to a sense of their capacity to regulate ad control authority…. Civil disobedience is the assertion of a right which law should give but which it denies…Civil disobedience presupposes willing obedience of our self-imposed rules, and without it civil disobedience would be cruel joke….Civil disobedience means capacity for unlimited suffering without the intoxicating excitement of killing….Disobedience to be civil has to be open and nonviolent….Disobedience to be civil implies discipline, thought, care, attention…Disobedience that is wholly civil should never provoke retaliation….Non-cooperation and civil disobedience are different but [are] branches of the same tree call Satyagraha (truth-force)…. Coercion cannot but result in chaos in the end….One who uses coercion is guilty of deliberate violence. Coercion is inhuman….Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good… Nonviolent action without the cooperation of the heart and the head cannot produce the intended result….All through history the way of truth and love has always won.  There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall, always.

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