Remembering David Graeber

David Graeber speaks at Maagdenhuis occupation

David Graeber speaks at Maagdenhuis occupation, University of Amsterdam, 2015. To his left, political theorist Enzo Rossi. Guido van Nispen (CC BY 2.0)

David Graeber was an iconoclastic anthropologist and influential radical thinker. An anarchist, he was a leading figure in the Occupy Wall Street movement who popularized the rallying cry "We are the 99%." He died on Sept. 2 in Venice, Italy at age 59.

Graeber burst into public consciousness with his 2011 book "Debt: The First 5000 Years." He was not only a deep thinker but also funny in conversation. "To the Best of Our Knowledge" interviewed him twice over the years. We’re pleased to share those conversations in order to celebrate his remarkable life.

man walking to work

The anthropologist David Graeber says “BS jobs” are an epidemic. Especially in that circle of hell known as middle management.

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"Before there was money, there was debt" says David Graeber in his book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years."

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October 20, 2020