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The possibility of political pleasure: David Graeber at TEDxWhitechapel

David Graeber and the Bureaucratic Utopia of Drone Warfare

It takes a lot of bureaucracy to kill with a drone.<p>Intelligence on potential targets must pass through layers of offices at the Pentagon or CIA …

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Is the ‘anti-globalization movement’ anything of the kind? Active resistance is true globalization, David Graeber maintains, and its repertoire of …

Debate—David Graeber vs. Peter Thiel: Where Did the Future Go?

w<br>o<br>r<br>d<p>f<br>a<br>c<br>t<br>o<br>r<br>y<p><b>David Graeber vs. Peter Thiel: Where Did the Future Go?</b><p>Once upon a time, in the heyday of social prognostication, many Americans believed …

Roy Bhaskar obituary

One of the most influential voices in the philosophy of science and a political revolutionary<p>Roy Bhaskar, who has died aged 70 of heart failure, turned to philosophy only after becoming an economics lecturer at Oxford University in the late 1960s. Feeling that economic science had virtually nothing …

Students are right to march against the markets. Why can’t education be free? | David Graeber

After the 2008 crash, the most sensible reform would have been to make the financial system more like education, not vice versa<p>There is a certain type of joy only felt the first time one makes history, and you can’t really describe to anyone who hasn’t experienced it. Yesterday about 10,000 young …

Occupy Democracy is not considered newsworthy. It should be | David Graeber

Sleeping outside for an iPhone is OK, but do it in furtherance of democratic expression and you’re in trouble<p>You can tell a lot about the moral quality of a society by what is, and is not, considered news.<p>From last Tuesday, Parliament Square was wrapped in wire mesh. In one of the more surreal …

Why is the world ignoring the revolutionary Kurds in Syria? | David Graeber

Amid the Syrian warzone a democratic experiment is being stamped into the ground by Isis. That the wider world is unaware is a scandal<p>In 1937, my father volunteered to fight in the International Brigades in defence of the Spanish Republic. A would-be fascist coup had been temporarily halted by a …

Savage capitalism is back – and it will not tame itself | David Graeber

Capitalists spread prosperity only when threatened by global rivalry, radical movements and the risk of uprisings at home<p>Back in the 90s, I used to get into arguments with Russian friends about capitalism. This was a time when most young eastern European intellectuals were avidly embracing …

Caring too much. That's the curse of the working classes | David Graeber

Why has the basic logic of austerity been accepted by everyone? Because solidarity has come to be viewed as a scourge<p>"What I can't understand is, why aren't people rioting in the streets?" I hear this, now and then, from people of wealthy and powerful backgrounds. There is a kind of incredulity. …

The truth is out: money is just an IOU, and the banks are rolling in it | David Graeber

The Bank of England's dose of honesty throws the theoretical basis for austerity out the window<p>Back in the 1930s, Henry Ford is supposed to have remarked that it was a good thing that most Americans didn't know how banking really works, because if they did, "there'd be a revolution before tomorrow …

There's no need for all this economic sadomasochism | David Graeber

If Reinhart and Rogoff's 'error' has discredited the prevailing policy dogma, now is the time for an alternative that works<p>The intellectual justification for austerity lies in ruins. It turns out that Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff, who originally framed the argument that too …

Occupy's liberation from liberalism: the real meaning of May Day | David Graeber

Occupy's May Day rebirth, forging a new alliance of activists and union members, was a historic moment of anti-capitalist struggle<p>The US press seems to have decided that the Occupy movement is no longer a story. Pretty much no matter what we do. In New York, on May Day, something between 50,000 and …

Note worthy: what is the meaning of money?

As writers and artists invent currencies fit for the modern world, <b>David Graeber</b> reflects on the meaning of money<p>What would you put on a banknote for our times?<p>It affects every aspect of our lives, is often said to be the root of all evil, and the analysis of the world that it makes possible – what …

Occupy and anarchism's gift of democracy | David Graeber

The US imagines itself a great democracy, yet most Americans despise its politics. Which is why direct democracy inspires them<p>As the history of past movements all make clear, nothing terrifies those running America more than the danger of true democracy breaking out. As we see in Chicago, Portland, …

Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination | David Graeber

The young people protesting in Wall Street and beyond reject this vain economic order. They have come to reclaim the future<p>• Police tactics attacked as officers pepper-spray women<br>• Occupy Wall Street: the protesters speak<p>Why are people occupying Wall Street? Why has the occupation – despite the …

David Graeber: “Spotlight on the financial sector did make apparent just how bizarrely skewed our economy is in terms of who gets rewarded”

<b>David Graeber (AP/Michelle Mcloughlin)</b><p>David Graeber explains why the more your job helps others, the less you get paid<p>Thomas Frank<p>June 1, 2014 11:00am (UTC)<p>David Graeber is an American anthropologist who teaches at the London School of Economics. He is the author of the classic "Debt: The First …

The Debt We Shouldn’t Pay

Debt: The First 5,000 Years<p>by David Graeber<p>Melville House, 534 pp., $32.00; $22.00 (paper)<p>At the heart of the argument about how to revive a …

“I found myself turning into an idiot!”: David Graeber explains the life-sapping reality of bureaucratic life

<b>David Graeber (AP/Michelle Mcloughlin)</b><p>The activist-academic and Occupy Wall Street champion tells Salon about his new book on the bureaucratic state<p>Elias Isquith<p>March 5, 2015 1:30pm (UTC)<p>David Graeber, a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics, is a man who wears many hats. He's …

Public Policy

David Graeber: ‘So many people spend their working lives doing jobs they think are unnecessary’

The anarchist author, coiner of the phrase ‘We are the 99%’, talks to Stuart Jeffries about ‘bullshit jobs’, our rule-bound lives and the importance of play<p>A few years ago David Graeber’s mother had a series of strokes. Social workers advised him that, in order to pay for the home care she needed, …

David Foster

The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy by David Graeber – review

Life without bureaucracy sounds wonderful. But are states always and only repressive?<p>At the start of this unusual and interesting book, which is subtitled “On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy”, David Graeber states what he calls the iron law of liberalism: any market …

Population 10 Billion by Danny Dorling and Ten Billion by Stephen Emmott – review

Are we done for? John Gray on one flawed and one indispensable study of population growth<p>Overpopulation has become almost a forbidden concept. Thirty years ago, when there were around two and a half billion fewer human beings on the planet, the idea was actively debated. Many environmentalists …

Crisis and Recovery edited by Rowan Williams and Larry Elliott – review

The last 20 years have been a time of faith, but this faith was not a traditional religion; it was a theory of rational choice, according to which markets are self-regulating as long as governments do not tamper with them.<p>History shows that markets are as prone to bouts of insanity as any other …

John Gray on humanity's quest for immortality

The séance that Charles Darwin attended in January 1874 at the house of his brother Erasmus brought the pioneering biologist together with Francis Galton, eugenicist and one of the founders of modern psychology, and the novelist George Eliot. All three were anxious that the rise of spiritualism …

Force feeding

The Government's defence of GM food marks a watershed in its history. Over the past few weeks it has had to confront an inconvenient truth. The global free market has become a political liability.<p>In what is likely to be a pattern in British politics over the coming years, the initiative lies now …

British Philosopher John Gray Believes Humanity's Desire for Freedom Is a Lie

We talked to him about Gnosticism, torture and the economic crisis.<p>In his new book <i>The Soul of Marionette</i>, British philosopher John Gray aims to tackle humankind's relationship with freedom. He claims that people don't want more freedom of choice, but rather less, as they can't handle doubt.<p>Gray …