The New York Times was right to ask Julian Assange to comment on The New Digital Age. His book, Cypherpunks (reviewed for The Verge by R.U. Sirius) both foreshadows Schmidt and Cohen’s work and serves as a response. Say what you will about Assange’s prose — sure, the man is kind of a Debbie Downer — it’s obvious that he cares about what happens to the least of us, those of us who are not shareholders. The core of his message is inevitably missing from mainstream press coverage of WikiLeaks: that a just society would protect the weak from the powerful and corrupt. By way of contrast, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen have spent the bulk of their short, happy lives sucking up to power.

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