With Debt, Kleptocrats Don’t Need Guns

Learn how it is that kleptocrats are forcing The Shock Doctrine on you and me, right here in America.

Debt, The First 5000 Years, an entire book in .pdf, provides an anthropologist’s look at the topic of debt and its effects on societies throughout history. In the first chapter, On The Experience of Moral Confusion, Graeber investigates attitudes towards debt and moneylending throughout he world and throughout recorded history. Why, though money lenders are generally so wealthy and influential in society, are they so widely reviled? Do borrowers have a moral obligation to pay back their loans? What about citizens of a country whose corrupt leader took on a fraudulent debt on their behalf? Such questions are far from simple, and his treatment of them should prove illuminating to a wide audience, from philosophers to economists to anarchists of all stripes.

 David Graeber on a boat at Fire Island.

David Graeber – Debt, The First 5000 Years

David Graeber is an anarchist anthropologist. He won a Fulbright fellowship and completed a Ph.D. on magic, slavery, and politics in Madagascar. He is a relatively prominent academic (whose rehiring Yale turned down in 2007 – defying a petition of almost 5000 signatories), currently employed by Goldsmiths, University of London. He was one of the organizers of the Occupy Wall St. protests.

 

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