Episode 16: A World Steeped in Violence

Mohandas K. Gandhi as a young attorney and later in life as ‘Mahatma.’ The father of modern India famously avowed non-violence as a tactic of resistance to British imperialism, but he lived in a world steeped in violence and the creation of India itself has left a violent legacy. In this episode we explore the theme of violence and counter-violence in systems of power.

America’s Fourth of July holiday left the H A G team feeling flat, but not to worry, you’ll find all your favorite fireworks lighting up this episode. The saucy boys take a roman candle to the patriotic nonsense of a president’s July 4th speech, and place firecrackers under the feet of a corporate media still playing the awful charade of both side-sides-ism. And with a huge assist from Frantz Fanon and Michel Foucault, Chris drops a cherry bomb on the New York Times, and says we must ditch the media’s dishonest narratives about protest ‘violence.’ It’s time to acknowledge how those with power have done the real violence. As the smoke clears, Josh takes us home with a close look at the ambiguities and ambivalences of violence, through the life and lens of India’s Mohandas Gandhi.

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Sources Referenced and Items of Interest

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish


“Michel Foucault,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Frantz Fanon, “On Violence,” from The Wretched of the Earth (1963)


Complete Site on Mahatma Gandhi (online)


Lauren Frayer, “Gandhi Is ‘An Object Of Intense Debate’: A Biographer Reflects On The Indian Leader” (NPR September 29, 2019)


Betsy Hodges, “As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change” (New York Times, July 9, 2020)


“Sovereignty is exercised within the borders of a territory, where security is exercised over a whole population, and discipline on the bodies of individuals.”

Michel Foucault

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