Debt: the first 5000 years - David Graeber

Cover image of Debt
Cover of Debt

David Graeber maps out the history of debt from ancient civilisations to current times, suggesting it has been one of the great catalysts for social and political strife throughout.

Submitted by flaneur on November 21, 2012

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Spikymike

10 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by Spikymike on July 21, 2013

There was some useful discussion of this book on Joseph Kay's blog 'Thoughts on David Graeber's Debt.....' worth checking out.

Picket

10 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by Picket on July 21, 2013

Oh I never noticed when was posted, thanks so much for this upload :)

Spikymike

8 years 11 months ago

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Submitted by Spikymike on April 1, 2015

In addition to the Aufheben and German 'Wildcat' critical reviews this is also worth a mention:
http://www.leftcom.org/en/articles/2012-06-15/moralism-is-no-substitute-for-a-materialist-understanding
These and other critical reviews of Graeber's approach in this book will help us understand to some extent the support which Graeber in particular has given to the misplaced claims of some anarchists that the PKK inspired movement in Rojava is some kind of anti-capitalist revolution.
Specifically on Graeber's likening of the 'Spanish Revolution' to the claimed 'Rojava Revolution' this rejection of his views is also relevant:
http://www.leftcom.org/en/articles/2014-10-30/in-rojava-people's-war-is-not-class-war