Sam Diener, editor of Peacework Magazine, muses on global thought and local action. He will also highlight the online musings of the authors of Peacework Magazine. Please read the guidelines of Peacework's blogs and forums to participate in the discussion.
On Gandhi's birthday today, I am seeing many tributes. I think Gandhi's legacy is both inspiring (as an innovator of mass nonviolence in the 20th century, see http://www.peaceworkmagazine.org/people-power-gandhi-s-enduring-legacy and many other articles in the issue linked to below) and oppressive (racist, patriarchal, even, at times, pro-war! see http://www.peaceworkmagazine.org/pacifist-critique-gandhi) in many ways. We published a special issue of Peacework on Gandhi's complicated legacy in September 2006. In my editorial, I wrote, "We also include critiques of Gandhi’s work and philosophy; essays which challenge us to cleave, not to Gandhi’s name, but to the principles of nonviolence, of struggling firmly and gently towards truth, he so successfully championed."