Julian Assange & Gustav Landauer

« Very interesting piece on Julian Assange’s political thinking on Newsnight last night compiled by looking through his personal blogs. Assange quotes frequently from German anarchist Gustav Landauer and shares some of his thinking. Assange believes by exposing the hypocrosies of governments that faith in government will decline and individuals will take on more personal responsibilities for their lives which will in turn see the state row back on it’s own role. » (Ian Bone)

« The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of behavior; we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently toward one another….We are the state, and we shall continue to be the state until we have created the institutions that form a real community and society of men. – Gustav Landauer, Schwache Stattsmanner, Schwacheres Volk! [sic], June 1910. » (Assange’s writings)

[Dieser grundlegende Text Landauers findet sich übrigens hier im Blog]