Mahatma Gandhi on Anarchism

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010

Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most famous pacifists in recent history. He used and encouraged mass civil disobedience to help India gain its independence from Britain in 1947.

But you will see that I am answering the question with the utmost caution, and my truth makes me admit that we might have to maintain a police force. But the police will be after our pattern, and not the British pattern. As we shall have adult suffrage, the voice of even the youngest of us will count. That is why I have said that the ideally non-violent State will be an ordered anarchy. That State will be the best governed which is governed the least.

Collected works of Mahatma Gandhi, July 16, 1940 - December 27, 1940, Page 122, http://www.gandhiserve.org/cwmg/VOL079.PDF (http://www.gandhiserve.org/cwmg/cwmg.html).