Let me join the growing bandwagon celebrating David Graeber and his new tome Debt The First 5,000 Years (Melville House). Anthropologist Graeber should be doubly celebrated—he is also one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street. He speaks with Amy Goodman:
Writing about OWS(as it is now referred to)
When the history is finally written, though, it’s likely all of this tumult – beginning with the Arab Spring – will be remembered as the opening salvo in a wave of negotiations over the dissolution of the American Empire. Thirty years of relentless prioritising of propaganda over substance, and snuffing out anything that might look like a political basis for opposition, might make the prospects for the young protesters look bleak; and it’s clear that the rich are determined to seize as large a share of the spoils as remain, tossing a whole generation of young people to the wolves in order to do so. But history is not on their side.
Debt is an accessible, readable contravention of conventional wisdom and is a clear-sighted, eye opening survey of economic history.It’s the kind of tome that may yet spur a significant transformation if not a revolution. Ignore it at your own peril.
Currently reading Chango and the Two Toned Shoes by William Kennedy (Viking)