As an indication of the stupidity of the people running the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, this has to take the cake. They have posted a quote supposedly from Mahatma Gandhi which they said, went:
“What do you think of Western Civilisation?”
“I think it would be a good idea”
- Mahatma Gandhi1
Apart from the fact that Gandhi would not ask himself the question to which he replied, one of the common records of this is:
Journalist: “Mr Gandhi, what do you think of western civilisation?”
Gandhi: “I think it would be a good idea.”2
There is debate about whether this exchange ever took place, and if it did take place, where and when it happened. The earliest appearance of this exchange is almost 20 years after Gandhi’s death2. Aside from this, the Ramsay Centre has ham-fistedly taken this exchange to mean that western civilisation is just peachy and it should be adopted by everyone. This is mistaken. As is clear from the fact that it is Gandhi who reputedly gave this answer when he was in the middle of his campaign to rid India of the British, the quote was meant to indicate not that everyone should embrace western civilisation, but that the west itself should become civilised2.
This is the idiotic ‘scholarship’ to which the University of Wollongong has signed up3. The Ramsay Centre is an organisation dedicated not to critically examining western civilisation, but its promotion. It could be construed as a white supremacist organisation, as it seemingly celebrates imperialism and colonialism by the European powers over the last couple of thousand years. It is unsurprising that the chair of the Ramsay Centre should be John Howard4 when you consider his white blindfold view of Australian history5.
The University of Wollongong has made a major mistake in signing up to the Ramsay Centre drivel. It will have trouble maintaining its reputation if this travesty goes ahead.