Gustav Landauer – Revolution and Other Writings: A Political Reader

March 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week for March 11th we will be reading selections from Revolution and Other Writings: A Political Reader By Gustav Landauer

“Anarchic Thoughts on Anarchism” (p84-91)

“Through Separation to Community” (p94-108)

“Weak Statesmen, Weaker People” (p213-214)

full pdf of Revolution and Other Writtings

Gustav Landauer was a Revolutionist, theorist, editor, martyr, and a translator.  He served as Commissioner of Enlightenment and Education in the short lived Bavarian Soviet Republic.  He was one of the leading theorists on anarchism in Germany in the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. He was an advocate of communist anarchism and an avowed pacifist. Landauer is also known for his study and translations of William Shakespeare’s works into German.

After the City of Munich was reconquered by the German army and Freikorps units, Gustav Landauer was arrested on 1 May 1919 and stoned to death by troopers one day later in Munich’s Stadelheim Prison.  After the Nazis were elected in Germany in 1933 they destroyed Landauer’s grave, which had been erected in 1925, sent his remains to the Jewish congregation of Munich, charging them for the costs. Landauer was later put to rest at the Munich Waldfriedhof (Forest Cemetery)

“Gustav Landauer fought in the revolution against the revolution for the sake of the revolution. The revolution will not thank him for it. But those will thank him for it who have fought as he fought & perhaps some day those will thank him for whose sake he fought.”

Martin Buber

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