The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955 by Leela Gandhi
Europeans and Americans tend to argue that democracy is a unique Western heritage, but in The Common Cause, Gandhi recites tales of an alternative version, describing the transnational history of…
The Common Cause synopsis
Europeans and Americans tend to argue that democracy is a unique Western heritage, but in The Common Cause, Gandhi recites tales of an alternative version, describing the transnational history of democracy in the first half of the 20th century through the lens of morality. In the broad sense of self-discipline.
Gandhi defines a common culture of Kemalism through imperialism, fascism and liberalism - morality that excludes ordinary and non-exceptional. But it also illuminates the morality of moral infertility, a set of anti-colonial, fascist practices devoted to dogma and dignity ranging from the Indian-ruled insurgency to the spiritual discipline of Mahatma Gandhi.
By rephrasing the way we think in some of the most important political events of that era, Gandhi presents moral anomaly as the lost tradition of global democratic thought and presents it to us as a key to the future of democracy. It thus defends democracy as a common art of living on the other side of perfection and stimulating post-colonial attraction for common morality.
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