Sunday, March 03, 2002

The Anglosphere and Walden Pond

Jim Bennet, founder of the Anglosphere cult, writes that India should be considered part of the Anglosphere, because ... Gandhi read Thoreau. Oh great, the fact that Gandhi spent most of the second half of his life attempting to lead his country away from such corrupting Western ideas as Industrialism doesn't count. No India is part of the Anglosphere because the father of the nation read about transcedentalism next to Walden pond.

Indian politics can be very roughly characterised as a battle between those who thought that Gandhi went far enough in his rejection of the west, and those who didn't think that he went far enough, the BJP (who in fact are connected to the group that murdered Gandhi). This may be all very admirable, but it does not make India part of the Anglosphere.


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