Saturday, February 18, 2012

David Graeber is someone worth reading. Period.

The Boston Review has just published a two part interview with David Graeber. I've blogged about him before when his book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years, was released.

His anthropological study of debt in various societies over 5,000 years is fascinating and more important, illuminating. He proves the original point ol' Karl Marx was making about the way money in modern capitalism hides the power relations that resemble the old feudalism that came before it. He also proves that there was nearly always some coinage and very little in the way of any "barter" society among any group of individuals beyond the most primitive...and even then...

Graeber deserves to be on the Sunday television shows in the US, but of course, that is not going to happen. The middle managers know to stack their shows with Republicans and corporate Democrats (with Paul Krugman the one elite member who is allowed to say some things that are not very polite about capitalism) and Graeber would look like he was from Mars compared to the other talking heads.

That is why we should all read the interviews...

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