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Technology/Technocracy/Gandhi: Gandhi calls machines a "great sin" (1). He regrets the exploitation of textile workers and wants to restrict textile production back to traditional manual labour. The dialogue partner asks him whether he wants to completely abolish the textile industry. Gandhi admits that this may not be easy, and pleads for a gradual reduction in industrial textile production. The interviewer says that there is not only the textile industry, and Gandhi sarcastically remarks that even the Indian images of the gods are indeed made by machine in Germany (2). Ultimately, efforts should be made to avoid all machines.



1. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule, Ahmedabad 1938 (zuerst 1909). Dt.: Mahatma Gandhi, Hind Swaraj oder Indische Selbstregierung, in: ders., Ausgewählte Werke. Grundlegende Schriften, herausgegeben von Shriman Narayan, bearbeitet von Wolfgang Sternstein, Göttingen 2011, Bd. 3, S. 152
2.Ebenda S. 154.


Dietmar Rothermund, Mahatma Gandhi in: Brocker, Manfred, Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018.


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The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand
Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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