Satyagraha (20th century) and Locke’s political philosophy (17th century.) How the dissimilar and similar coincide to promote non-coercive reality. A moral awakening in the 21st century.

satyagrahaandgovernmentSatyagraha has added another dimension to the struggle between rights and laws, belief and property. The dimension is truth. Till now, inequality has been dealt by way of justice.  Truth, on the other hand, focuses on the lie of inequality.  A lie whose removal  is determined by the rights and laws in nature. Truth is brought about by the exercise of assembly, struggle and submission. Might as right is replaced by kingdoms that urge us to take destiny into our own hands. An example where God helps those who help themselves.  Satyagraha in South Africa and the British Empire are seminal events in recorded history of  philosophy  whose belief is that truth alone should overcome human conflict.  One such proponent is MK Gandhi. He firmly believed that moral conduct ought to be the arbiter of fate because its protector is God. Morality and necessity are able to create a society where people are their own government. Such a belief  is also self-government. Satyagraha as a manifestation of government can only be accepted by incorporating the belief that man is a byproduct of laws. The  example of the “peaceful revolt” of Satyagrahis is a trenchant manner in which God divined to remove human governance for his rule.


John Locke argues for a political philosophy that encourages society and individuals to adopt natural law and natural rights. Fundamentalists believe that natural rights should be trumped by natural laws. Their belief is based upon the understanding that Natural rights are the domain of property. Natural laws are about duties that maintain order.  Others have claimed the opposite, that natural rights are duties to undertake and natural law, property to protect. This interpretation is the foundation of a positive law of nature incorporated in some way in the charters of governments today.


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